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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-04218
Asked by: Claire Baker, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 9 November 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statement by the Minister for Drugs Policy on 26 October 2021 that there will be a "rapid review of the services that are required to support people who experience mental health and substance use problems" (Official Report, c. 69), who will carry out the review; whether it will provide further details of the review’s remit, and when it anticipates (a) the review will be completed and (b) a report will be published.

Current status: Answered by Angela Constance on 23 November 2021


Answer

This rapid review will be carried out by people with clinical expertise and will set out expectations for the delivery of support for people who experience mental health and substance use problems. It will involve key stakeholders and be led by the views of people with lived and living experience. The remit of the review will include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • The provision of assessment and specialist support for people who experience a dual diagnosis of a mental health condition alongside their substance use problem;
  • The delivery of psychosocial support to people with substance use problems in settings which include third sector and primary care;
  • The impact of additional, multiple and severe disadvantages on the need for, and delivery of, appropriate mental health and substance use services.

The review will be completed and a report will be published in late Autumn 2022.