Date lodged: 14 August 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-09816 by Maureen Watt on 17 July 2017, to what extent Actions 27 and 28 of the Mental Health Strategy have been implemented, and how they are being assessed.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 1 September 2017
The Mental Health Strategy 2017 - 2027 published on 30th March 2017 contains 40 ambitious actions, two of which are specifically focused on individuals experiencing dual diagnosis of a mental health illness and substance misuse problem.
This is a ten year strategy with actions to be developed, implemented and assessed over the entirety of its life span. A Mental Health Strategy implementation group meets monthly to track progress. This is reviewed at a biannual forum of stakeholders and will be reported annually. Initial work has focused on understanding current activity for dual diagnosis in place across Scotland with a plan to encourage the development of better dual diagnosis service arrangements across Integrated Authorities. This work will act as a platform for the improvement of service delivery and outcomes for those affected by dual diagnosis.
Healthcare Improvement Scotland have published “Reducing Suicide Risk: Mental Health Team Discussion Framework” in May 2015. This document raises awareness and assists teams in taking action around mental health and drug and alcohol team joint working. The organisational existence of a specific policy or protocol on the management of patients who are being supported by mental health services and drug and alcohol teams is known to reduce suicide risk and this has been widely communicated to service providers.