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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12718: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 14 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to standardise the provision of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) across the country.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 22 November 2017

Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are provided by Health Boards to meet the requirements of their local population. Health Boards may provide services in different ways according to local need. All CAMHS services are working to the target that 90% of children and young people should start treatment within 18 weeks of referral.

We want to drive improvements in CAMH services and are committed to ensuring that children and young people get access to high quality mental health services. Action 17 in the Mental Health Strategy is to fund improved provision of services to treat child and adolescent mental health problems and we are investing £15 million supporting better access to CAMHS and innovation.