Improving Health-Based Places of Safety


The purpose of the capital funding is to enable NHS providers, as well as Local Authorities and organisations in the third and voluntary sectors, as agreed by their local Crisis Care Concordat group, to provide: • additional facilities to respond to people in mental health crisis; in particular, new or improved health based places of safety for people who have been detained by police officers under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 • additional facilities, such as crisis houses or places of calm, to support people who are at risk of a mental health crisis, or who need support to help them recover • additional vehicles to transport people to places of safety, or vehicles for street triage services.

The total amount of funding available under this scheme will be £15 million. Bids must come from a local Crisis Care Concordat group and be received by the Department by 23rd September 2016. Although the Department has not set minimum or maximum bid amounts, the main aim of the programme is to provide new and improved health based places of safety and mental health crisis support facilities across England. Funding is available for the financial years 2016/17 and 2017/18. All funding awarded under this scheme must be drawn, and expenditure undertaken, before 31 March 2018.

To be eligible, the bid must come from a local Crisis Care Concordat group, as is listed on the Concordat website at: 7 Bids should indicate how proposals form a part of, or otherwise support, the action plan owned by the local Crisis Care Concordat group. These action plans detail activities underway, or under consideration, that aim to improve crisis care services. Bids will also nominate a lead organisation within the area that will receive the funding and carry out the work, thereby creating or improving the asset. For this purpose, eligible organisations in England are: • NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts • Local Authorities • Third sector/voluntary organisations Applications must show clearly how bidding organisations plan to staff and run the funded facility, both on completion, and into the future, on a sustainable basis. In two-tier Local Authority areas, counties are encouraged to work in partnership with relevant district authorities.

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