23 February, 2022

Mental Health and Housing

Potential economic benefits of improved transitions along the acute care pathway to support recovery for people with mental health needs

This brief paper looks at the some of potential economic benefits that may be realised through the inclusion of housing services as part of the acute care recovery pathway for people with mental health problems. The paper identifies some potential opportunities for freeing up resources from inpatient care which might then be used to invest in alternative community and residential support services that may be provided by or supported by housing organisations. These community services and residential supports may be provided at a lower cost to specialist inpatient care; if housing organisations can contribute towards better support for the recovery of individuals from acute mental health needs then there are also potential benefits to be gained from the avoidance of future repeat admissions to inpatient care. Housing organisations may also be able to play an important role in reducing the need for out-of-area placements, which not only tend to be expensive, but can be very detrimental to the quality of life of service users and their families.

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Mental Health and Housing: Potential economic benefits of improved transitions along the acute care pathway to support recovery for people with mental health needs

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