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Equally accessible? Making mental health services more accessible for learning disabled or autistic people

06 / 11 / 2012

People with learning disabilities or autism deserve equal access to mental health services and good treatment, but they currently receive variable treatment across England.

The law requires that mental health services make reasonable adjustments to services and facilities, so that people with autism or learning disabilities can use them and do not face discrimination. This Briefing summarises a study, commissioned by the Mental Health Network and funded by the Department of Health, that highlights some of the innovations made in local mental health services in England.

In February 2012, the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network, funded by the Department of Health, commissioned the National Development Team for inclusion (NDTi) to undertake a study into what the law calls ‘reasonable adjustments’ that should be made to mental health services to enable people with autism and people with learning disabilities to have equal access and effective treatment.

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