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Innovation, local engagement and leadership; the future of supported housing in mental health

Robin Johnson (Mental Health and Housing Lead)
Zoe Robinson (National Social Inclusion Programme, NIMHE)

Housing, Care and Support

ISSN: 1460-8790

Article publication date: 1 July 2008



The new local government performance framework, in combination with the move towards greater personalisation in services, creates a radically new funding environment for housing with care and support. From the Public Service Agreement (PSA) on achieving settled accommodation for individuals at risk of exclusion, through to the impact of local joint strategic needs asessments and individual budgets, the principles and mechanisms of the new joint commissioning culture create more opportunities for providers to articulate the needs of the client group served, and to assert the case for more joined‐up and responsive services. This may require different skills and new styles of leadership at local level, and providers who have become adept at being competitors may need to re‐discover the skills of partnership. Meanwhile, new social exclusion policy frameworks are emerging for supported accommodation, which can support moves away from institutional care for those with mental health problems.



Johnson, R. and Robinson, Z. (2008), "Innovation, local engagement and leadership; the future of supported housing in mental health", Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 20-25.



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