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Community-based services for people with mental health needs

Care Quality Commission

Community-based services for people with mental health needs (MHC)
These services provide care, treatment and support in the community for people with mental health needs, through a wide range of service models.

They employ a broad range of health and social care professionals mainly in multi-disciplinary teams.

They help people to recover by providing a broad range of interventions reflecting the psychological, social and physical needs of the individual.

People using these services may receive support over a long period or for short-term interventions. They may move between the various community teams to ensure that their changing needs are met, or be in contact with them simultaneously.

This may include providing care, treatment and support to people subject to supervised community treatment under the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended in 2007).

Examples of services that fit under this category:

Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) (tiers 2, 3 and 4)
Community-based services that provide assessment and treatment for people with mental health needs including:
community mental health teams
assertive outreach
early intervention teams
court diversity teams
crisis resolution home treatment teams.

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