Date lodged: 2 August 2016
To ask the Scottish Government to what projects or initiatives funding has been committed from the £150 million mental health improvement fund, showing the amount in each case.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 29 August 2016
Commitments to date from the additional £150 million investment to improve mental health include:£54.1 million to support delivery of the Local Delivery Plan (LDP) access standards for both Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and psychological therapies to further reduce waiting times. This comprises £24.7million to NHS boards to increase capacity to deliver services; £24.6million to support development of the mental health workforce to deliver evidence-based therapies; and £4.8million to deliver the Mental Health Access Improvement Support Programme. £10 million to support new ways of improving mental health in primary care settings.A £15 million Mental Health Innovation Fund to support better access to CAMHS and to develop innovative approaches to delivering mental health services.£1 million to support people with mental health problems to become more physically active. £4.2 million to support people in distress who turn to frontline services.We are considering the priorities for the remainder of the funding as part of the development of the new mental health strategy due to be published later this year.