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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-34171
Asked by: Ruth Davidson, Edinburgh Central, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 18 December 2020


To ask the Scottish Government what support there is for people with alcohol dependency who require the use of mental health services.

Current status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 6 January 2021


Individual NHS Boards in Scotland will have policies and procedures on how they manage dual diagnosis (where a patient meets the diagnostic criteria for both a mental health disorder and for an addictive disorder). NHS addiction services include mental health trained clinical staff and have close links with other mental health services in the area. Where inpatient or other non-addiction mental health services are required, this will be governed by local protocols. Local procedures should also be in place to ensure the appropriate service takes the lead or that individuals are managed on a joint basis according to their needs.

More broadly, as outlined in the Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan, the Scottish Government is working closely with partners and stakeholders to explore opportunities for integrating addiction and general mental health services where possible. This will seek to ensure effective coordination of support for people with a dual diagnosis of mental health issues and alcohol or drug addiction.