A family affair

Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, November/December 2013, pp.28-29.
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The Host Families Scheme, run by Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trusts's (HPFT) Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT), places people recovering from acute mental illness with families in the community rather than hospital is bringing rewards. It is based on evidence that people with mental ill health recover better if they are in the community, in a supportive family setting and taking part in a daily routine. Placement of a service users takes place following a multidisciplinary team (MDT) mental state examination and risk assessment. After placement specialist mental health teams provide on-going treatment or therapy. Since its launch, eight families have been recruited to the scheme, with 25 service users choosing a placement with a host family. (Original abstract)

Subject terms:
severe mental health problems, community mental health services, families, placement, service users, adults;
Content type:
practice example
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