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Welsh ministers announce funding boost for mental health

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An extra £7.6m will be invested every year in mental health services for children and young people in Wales, ministers have announced.

The additional funding will be used to help improve the ability of child and adolescent mental health services to respond out of hours and at times of crisis.

It will also allow them to expand access to psychological therapies for young people, improve provision in local primary mental health support services and ensure services intervene early to meet the needs of those who develop psychosis.

“The changes we are seeking to make are the most significant for many years”

Mark Drakeford

In addition, some of the funding will support the implementation of work launched in February to make services “more responsive” to the needs of young people.

The funding package also includes £2m announced earlier this week to develop services and cut waiting times for young people with neuro-developmental needs, including ADHD and autism.

Health and social services minister Mark Drakeford said: “The additional funding I’m announcing today will help to drive a range of important improvements in child and adolescent mental health services across Wales.

He added that a “considerable amount of work” was now underway to move forward child and adolescent mental health services.  

Mark Drakeford

Mark Drakeford

“Money alone is not the answer for all the challenges facing the NHS, but the changes we are seeking to make to these services are the most significant for many years,” said Mr Drakeford.

The £7.6m investment child and adolescent mental health services in 2015-16 is part of a wider funding package worth £19.5m, which is being invested in mental health services across Wales.

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