Last year specialist crisis resolution home treatment teams provided 106,000 home treatments, supporting people who would otherwise have had to be admitted to hospital. This compares with 95,000 in 2006-2007, representing an 11% increase.
Additionally, early intervention teams treated 8,300 young people who experienced a first episode of psychosis in the 12 months to the end of March. This compares to 6,500 in 2006-2007, representing a 27% increase.
Lastly assertive outreach teams supported 19,900 people who have persistent mental health problems but are hard to engage in 2007-2008, compared with 18,300 the previous year – a rise of 9%.
Speaking at an event to mark the start of building work at Runwell Hospital in Essex, junior health minister Ivan Lewis said: ‘This positive news demonstrates that frontline services are pulling together to improve the quality of care for people with mental health needs.
More people who might otherwise have to be admitted to hospital can now be cared for in their own home,’ he added. ‘Improving crisis resolution and early intervention services remains a priority for this year.’