Date lodged: 13 December 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to introduce new models of supporting mental health in primary care.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 21 December 2016
On 18 February 2016, the Cabinet Secretary announced the creation of the Primary Care Mental Health Fund alongside the Primary Care Transformation Fund, which Boards – working with their partners, which may include third sector organisations – can submit proposals to support this transformative change.
Through the fund, £10 million will be invested in primary care mental health services over 2016-17 and 2017-18 to encourage the development of new models of care to ensure that people with mental health challenges are provided with the most appropriate treatment, as quickly as possible, in the most appropriate setting.