Magazine article Public Finance

Youth Mental Health Services 'Need Long-Term Funding'

Magazine article Public Finance

Youth Mental Health Services 'Need Long-Term Funding'

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The government's review of child and adolescent mental health services will explore ways to provide longer-term funding, according to Hs interim report, published on July 29.

Funding has increased by more than 40% over the past two years but the temporary nature of much of the new money has had a negative impact on financial planning,

the report said.

Much of the recent additional allocations were seen as short-term grants or funding for discrete projects. This threatened the long-term viability of good programmes, workforce stability and recruitment.

However, the report acknowledged that there were exceptions, including the continuing funding of Behaviour Improvement Partnerships through the area-based grant.

Overall funding had improved but there were concerns about disinvestment in some services to focus on national priorities and the under-use of pooled funding arrangements. …

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