Early Intervention and Prevention
Posted by Judi Juno at 14/12/2012 12:13:17
Penny Spice Commissioning Manager in Adult Social Care is working on the Early Intervention and Prevention strategy. She reports that earlier this year there was a development session for stakeholders interested in Early Intervention and Prevention. There was a strong feeling that this work should not just focus on older people but ALL adults.
The Early Intervention and Prevention Strategic Framework has been re-worked to reflect this. It has been essential to include work undertaken by existing Supporting People providers, whose work is very closely aligned to Early Intervention and Prevention activities and approaches. Several people and groups have input into this work and special thanks go to HLG for their very helpful contribution, which has widened the scope of the document to include housing related support etc.
The proposal for 2013 is that we will hold six monthly Early Intervention and Prevention seminars, where stakeholders - including the existing members of the Supporting People Forum, grant aid providers, NHS and other statutory sector groups, voluntary and community sector - can come together to share updates and good practice. This is also where discussion about the future of Early Intervention and Prevention can take place. The first of these seminars will be held on 30th January 2013 at SouthForest in Edwinstowe – details to follow
Mental Health Services
Posted by Judi Juno at 10/10/2012 15:06:46
Framework Housing Association began delivery of a new countywide service for people with mental health issues on October 1st 2012. The new service is called Moving Forward: Steps to Independence and has replaced the old Household services and other accommodation based services. NCHA have been subcontracted to provide supported housing which is now an intergral part of the new service. All referrals go through the Community Mental Health Team.
There are a number of strands to the service:
Crisis link - Support workers are based within the Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team (CRHT) within relevant hospitals.
Core Support services - A flexible support service that responds to the needs of people in both designated supported accommodation and in independently secured accommodation to deliver the outcomes sought by service users. It includes Early intervention and prevention; Pre-tenancy and resettlement services; Re- ablement to enable people to live independently and Longer term support
Inclusion and Opportunities work - to support people to achieve their goals linked to work, social networks, community contributions and to challenge stigma and the barriers people face in engaging with the community
Carers support service - providing support to carers of people with mental health problems who are reluctant to engage with services.
Domestic Violence services
Posted by Judi Juno at 10/10/2012 14:20:02
A number of Domstic Violence services funded through the County Council have been jointly commissioned. Two contracts began in August 2012 which include Refuge, Supported housing, Floating support, Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) and Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVA’s), Children’s Outreach and Domestic Abuse Link Workers.
Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid are delivering services in Mansfield, Newark & Sherwood and Bassetlaw. The service includes refuges in Bassetlaw and Mansfield (Newark refuge will continue to be run by Newark Women's Aid without County Council funding). A number of individual supported housing units across the 3 districts are also included along with floating/outreach support for women and children. Nottinghamshire WA will continue to administer the North MARAC and provide IDVAs to women at high risk who are referred to MARAC. An experienced Women's Aid worker will work alongside children's social care staff on referrals which involve domestic violence.
Women’s Aid Integrated Services are delivering services in Ashfield, Gedling, Broxtowe and Rushcliffe. The service includes floating/outreach support across all four districts as well as some individual supported housing units (Midlands Women's Aid will continue to run the refuge in Broxtowe without County Council funding).WAIS will continue to administer the South MARAC and provide IDVAs to women at high risk who are referred to MARAC. An experienced Women's Aid worker wil work alongside children's social care staff on referrals which involve domestic violence.
The two Women's Aid groups are working very closely to ensure a smooth referral pathway for women. They are also working in partnership with other specialist women's services in the county to the benefit of all women who need their services.