Turning Point extends mental health services after review

Turning Point will emphasise its role as a mental health organisation as part of a strategic review to be launched on 14 July.

The charity is known as a substance misuse service provider but chief executive Victor Adebowale wants it to be recognised for offering a combination of services to clients with problems concerning mental health, substance misuse and learning difficulties. "We must be seen as a social care organisation specialising in working with people with complex social challenges,

he said.

The organisation will also be more involved in political campaigning.

"We have a wide experience of the needs of individuals, and we can say what works. We need to be involved in government and local policy changes and to work with other organisations,

said Adebowale. "Turning Point needs to increase its influence on policy and add value to the experience of its clients."

Turning Point is already part of the Mental Health Service Providers Forum which has met with health secretary Alan Milburn. "He has responded positively to our proposal to have a greater role within the mental health framework. The voluntary sector should be more involved because we have the experience and we fall between the gaps of the highly professional and the highly skilled,

said Adebowale.

OBJECTIVES OF THE STRATEGY

- To increase the number of services nationally for integrated care for individuals

- To ensure that services are responsive to the needs of 16 to 25 year olds

- To ensure that services reflect the community that they serve, including black and minority ethnic groups

- To develop a strong brand, allowing greater influence of social policy

- To achieve a clear, quality service delivery programme, called Impact, to be launched later this year

- To deliver objectives through a corporate decentralised structure, investing more in infrastructure.

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