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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03611: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 10 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the provision of specialist inpatient services for young people with (a) forensic mental health needs and (b) learning difficulties.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 26 October 2016

It is the responsibility of the NHS Health Boards to provide services appropriate to the needs of their local population.

Currently, NHS Ayrshire and Arran are taking forward a proposal for a secure forensic Mental Health inpatient unit for young people to develop an application for consideration by the National Professional Patient and Public Reference Group and the National Specialist Services Committee in early 2017.

The Scottish Government is funding a report into a 5 year survey of need for mental health inpatient care for children and young people in Scotland with Learning Disability and/ or Autism; this is in progress.