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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-18025: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 7 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what support is available for people with alcohol-related brain damage.

Answered by: Clare Haughey 31 August 2018

Integration Authorities have delegated responsibility for the planning and commissioning of services in relation to mental health, drugs and alcohol services. In carrying out these responsibilities, they will work with their NHS partners to ensure that services are joined up in a holistic manner and deliver high quality safe and effective outcomes which are person-centred and ensure local Health Boards meet their statutory obligations.

We expect NHS Board activity to support the actions in our Mental Health Strategy to realise our vision of a Scotland where people can get the right help at the right time, expect recovery, and fully enjoy their rights, free from discrimination and stigma. Two of the actions within the Mental Health Strategy look at dual diagnosis for people with problem substance use and mental health diagnosis:

Action 27: - Test and learn from better assessment and referral arrangements in a range of settings for dual diagnosis for people with substance use and mental health diagnosis.

Action 28: - Offer opportunities to pilot improved arrangements for dual diagnosis for people with problem substance use and mental health diagnosis.

Work in relation to these actions has begun, with The Lead Psychologists Addiction in Substance Misuse Services in Scotland (LPASS) Report being published on 4 June 2018. The report provides national best practice guidance for the Delivery of Psychological Interventions in substance use services for both practitioners and Integrated Authority (IA) commissioners and serves as a specialised response for those affected both by mental health diagnosis/difficulties and substance use issues.