The role of housing in mental health services

For many people who have suffered with a mental illness, moving from supported care to their own tenancy can be a real step on the road to recovery and independence.

This isn’t always easy, so Calderdale Council’s Adults Health and Social Care Scrutiny Panel has decided to look at this issue in depth to check that there are no unnecessary obstacles for people who want their own tenancy and that all the organisations involved are working well together to help people find their own home.

Cllr Ruth Goldthorpe, Chair of the Scrutiny Panel, said:

“We have assembled a panel of experts from the Council, the NHS and Pennine Housing to come and talk to us about what works well in helping people find their own property and where there are some difficulties.

“The whole health and social care system must work together to help people become more independent and we will check carefully to make sure this is happening.

“Councillors would be delighted to hear from anyone who has experience of trying to find their own tenancy after a period of illness, or from landlords who have experienced the way that the system works. Their experience will help us make stronger and better recommendations. We will make sure the Councils Cabinet and housing and health agencies get a clear message from us about any improvements that need to be made.”

The Panel meeting is at 6.00pm on Tuesday 26 March at Halifax Town Hall and members of the public are welcome to attend and contribute to this discussion.

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