LGA statement on Queen’s Speech: Mental Health Act Reform Bill

"The LGA supports the reforms to the Mental Health Act, particularly the objective to give people a stronger say in their treatment and the intention to address rising rates of detention of people from ethnic minority backgrounds."


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Responding to the announcement on the draft Mental Health Act Reform Bill in the Queen’s Speech, Cllr David Fothergill, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “Councils play a significant role in delivering the Mental Health Act, both in terms of their statutory duties of assessment, and also supporting treatment and recovery. The new Act must recognise the crucial part councils play as local leaders. 
 
“The LGA supports the reforms to the Mental Health Act, particularly the objective to give people a stronger say in their treatment and the intention to address rising rates of detention of people from ethnic minority backgrounds.
 
“However, mental health and social care have faced serious strain and underfunding for several years, leading to severely impacted services and a high level of unmet and under met need. Mental health needs are also expected to rise significantly because of the impact of the pandemic.
 
“To ensure effective implementation, all reforms need to be fully costed and resourced. Councils’ mental health services must be adequately funded so they can continue to invest in support to meet existing, new and unmet demand.”