Continued investment of £3.7 million to support adults with serious mental illness
On Wednesday 22 July, cabinet will be asked to agree £2.7m to continue supported housing for adults with serious mental illness, and £1m for a specialist team to work with them to design brand new placements.
Along with partners in the NHS, the council has been working on plans to modernise accommodation for adults in supported housing – improving the quality of the support and physical accommodation, for example, by making sure people have their own bathroom.
However, as staff turned their efforts to making sure vulnerable people were receiving extra care during the Covid-19 pandemic, it became clear that the timeline for delivering these plans would be affected, as providers and individuals would not be able to fully respond to consultation within the timescales and building work could be delayed.
As a result, cabinet is being asked to extend the current housing arrangements with 13 housing providers for up to three years to maintain much needed stability for the people who are being supported.
Over the next three years, a specialist NHS team will work with the people receiving support, in partnership with the council and the housing providers, to design their new placements. They will be involved in every step of the process, such as the design of the accommodation and what their care package will look like, to create a placement that meets their individual needs.
Cllr Carole Allaway-Martin, cabinet member for adult social care at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “One in four people experience mental health issues and this investment will make sure those people with the most severe needs get the best care and support in the quality of housing we would all expect to live in.
“Our priority during these challenging times is to make sure that people are supported in a stable environment as we know that a sudden change in living arrangements, even for the better, can be difficult for people with severe mental health needs. By extending the current arrangements, we can provide stability while having more time to work with each person to design a placement that works best for them.”
If approved, the formal engagement with housing providers will start in late July, and the specialist team will start working with individuals on designing their placements in October this year.