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Self Directed Support in Mental Health

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Self directed support enables people who need social care and support services to have greater choice and control over the services they receive.

Direct payments are a form of self directed support and we have made these available to our service users since 1996.  However, we are now offering our service users self directed support with personal budgets.

Self directed support with personal budgets is a way in which you can be more involved in arranging the social care services you need.  It puts you at the centre of everything making sure the services you receive help you achieve the things most important to you.

Self directed support with personal budgets only applies to the social care services you receive.  Different arrangements apply to health care.

We believe self directed support with personal budgets is the right way to arrange social care services for people who need them:

  • You are often best placed to decide how to meet your needs

  • It gives you more choice and control over your services

  • Your services are more flexible and meet your needs in a better way

  • It leads to better outcomes - services help you achieve what you want and need

  • You will be more likely to use a wider range of services which will help you have better links with your local community.

The Government wants all people receiving social care services to have a personal budget.