The Community Mental Health Framework for Adults and Older Adults
Community mental health services have long played a crucial yet under-recognised role in the delivery of mental health care, providing vital support to people with mental health problems closer to their homes and communities since the establishment of generic community mental health teams (CMHTs) for adults 30 years ago. However, the model of care is now in need of fundamental transformation and modernisation. This Framework provides an historic opportunity to address this gap and achieve radical change in the design of community mental health care by moving away from siloed, hard-to-reach services towards joined-up care and whole population approaches, and establishing a revitalised purpose and identity for community mental health services. It supports the development of Primary Care Networks, Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and personalised care, including how these developments will help to improve care for people with severe mental illnesses.