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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-19873: Ballantyne, Michelle (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce waiting times for child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in NHS Borders.

Answered by: Clare Haughey 22 November 2018

Our 2018 Programme for Government has mental health at its very heart. It contains a package of measures to support positive mental health and prevent mental ill health, and is backed by £250 million of additional investment. There is a clear focus on children and young people’s mental health, and particularly on preventative approaches and early intervention. We want our young people to get the right help at the right time.

From 2016-17 to 2019-20 we’re investing an additional £150 million in mental health services, including £54 million to help boards improve their CAMHS and Psychological Therapies performance. From this package we are providing NHS Borders with a total of £883,602 for workforce capacity building and workforce development.

On 29 June 2018 we announced a taskforce on Children and Young People’s Mental Health, chaired by Dr Dame Denise Coia – following the recommendations of the Rejected Referrals report.

The taskforce will examine our whole approach to mental health services, backed with £5 million funding. It will develop a blueprint for how services, and surrounding support, can better meet the needs of children and young people.