The Centre for Mental Health has published a new report, Arm in arm: The relationships between statutory and voluntary sector mental health organisations, commissioned by the Association of Mental Health Providers. It warns that voluntary and community organisations face numerous financial barriers including reductions in local government funding, short-term and ‘more for less’ contracts, unpredictable and delayed decision-making, and the unintended consequences of national policies.
Based on interviews with both commissioners and providers of voluntary sector mental health support, the report shows that commissioners in both local government and the NHS were keenly aware of the extra value that voluntary and community organisations can bring. But they were frustrated that competition for contracts often stopped organisations from working well together and could lead to some going out of business altogether.
To read the report, click here.