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The Mental Illness Specific Grant in Scotland: Poor coordination, haphazard implementation

  • D.A. Coia (a1), A. McKillop (a1) and R.G. McCreadie (a2)
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Our objectives were to identify and assess the services provided by the Mental Illness Specific Grant in Scotland and to determine whether they meet government aims for the grant. Scottish Office information proved to be inaccurate on what projects are funded and currently running. Slippage was common with 39% of projects failing to start in Year 1 and 23% in Year 2. The grant appears to have funded easy option services, self-help, drop-in, which are less expensive and only require short-term planning. Despite being given priority by the Scottish Office, housing, supported accommodation and occupation remain unmet needs.

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The Mental Illness Specific Grant in Scotland: Poor coordination, haphazard implementation

  • D.A. Coia (a1), A. McKillop (a1) and R.G. McCreadie (a2)
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