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New mental health assertive prevention support service

New mental health assertive prevention support service

A newly commissioned mental health assertive prevention support service is being launched in Sheffield by Adullam Homes Housing Association.

Called Adullam Foundations, the citywide service will work with people either living alone or with their families. It is designed to help them build up confidence, learn life skills, and so to remain independent within their own home/communities.

 Its aims are to help prevent people from needing adult social care, stop people with ill health from getting worse and avoid people who have needed care from needing it again.

 Adullam Foundations will also proactively work to help people leaving hospital, residential care, mental health supported housing on their recovery journey towards independence.

 Referrals will be accepted from a broad range of services, with priority given to Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust, and in particular Single Point of Access (SPA), Recovery Services, and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). Self-referrals will also be accepted.

A waiting list will be maintained in the event of an oversubscribed service, and anyone who is not eligible will through our ‘no wrong door approach’ be directed on to other, more appropriate services. 

This new service will replace the existing Sheffield Foundations and Connect 3 services provided by Adullam Homes, MIND and South Yorkshire Housing Association.  People who currently receive support from either of these two services will have the option to work with the new service going forward.

Commenting on it, Alison Sargent, CEO of Adullam Homes Housing Association, said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded the opportunity to deliver a service aimed at individuals with mental health needs who may also have multiple or complex needs.

“We will adopt a whole family approach where needed, and work in partnership with other services to help people reach their full potential.”

Councillor George Lindars-Hammond, Executive Member for Health and Social Care at Sheffield City Council, said: “Our ambition is to build a healthier Sheffield for all and this new assertive prevention service will support a significant number of people to live independent and fulfilling lives.  Our aspiration is to make sure that people live well in their communities and that they achieve the goals they want to achieve.”


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