Scottish children with mental health problems are to benefit from a £3.5m funding boost for child and adolescent mental health services.
It will pay for 180 specialist staff over the next six years and increase the number of clinical and masters-trained psychologists through extra training places and posts.
Public health minister Shona Robison told Holyrood’s health committee: ‘We’ve identified a further investment of £1m this year - 2009/10 - rising to £3.5m by 2011/12 to support an increase in the specialist CAMHS workforce. This means that over a three-year period - 2009 to 2012 - we will spend an additional £12.5m on CAMHS.
‘We estimate that the investment should increase this component of the workforce by 80 by the end of 2012, with continued growth at a similar level to 2015 to increase the workforce by about 170 to 180 posts.’
She said that it would mean a ‘significant improvement’, and that ‘these staff will be able to offer direct services and to support teachers and socialworkers in the work they do in their services’.