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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02534: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it takes to ensure that people receiving care and treatment for addiction can access appropriate mental health services.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 21 September 2016

Within this additional funding £15 million has also been made available through the Mental Health Innovation Fund during 2015-18 to develop innovative approaches to delivering mental health services.

The Scottish Government promotes evidence based practice for psychological therapies and has funded NHS Education for Scotland to publish the Matrix, which provides a summary of the information on the current evidence base for various therapeutic approaches and guidance and advice on psychological therapies services. The latest version of the Matrix was published in 2015 and includes a section on the range of treatments available.

The Matrix includes reference to individually tailored interventions drawn from a range of psychological models. The Matrix and the data tables this is based upon are available online at:

http://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/education-and-training/by-discipline/psychology/the-matrix-(2015)-a-guide-to-delivering-evidence-based-psychological-therapies-in-scotland/the-matrix-(2015)-a-guide-to-delivering-evidence-based-psychological-therapies-in-scotland.aspx.

Scotland’s world-leading drugs strategy, the Road to Recovery, focuses on the needs of the individual and provides a range of interventions where needed to support recovery. We are now in the third phase of Road to Recovery – ensuring quality is embedded across all services in Scotland, addressing variations in practice and identifying and addressing areas for improvement. Our strategy aims to ensure that those who need treatment get it as soon as possible and we have developed a set of Quality Principles for individuals accessing alcohol and drug services to ensure that people have access to the highest quality, person centred services to enable and support their recovery.