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Community Mental Health Team (CHMT)

Community Mental Health Team (CMHT)

The Community Mental Health Team in your local area offers support to people with a more severe mental health condition.  When your referral is received by your local CMHT an initial appointment will be offered to you as soon as possible and within four weeks at the latest.
You will be seen by someone who is trained to assess your needs.  This may be a nurse or a doctor.  You will be informed by letter as to who will be carrying out your assessment prior to your appointment date.  Your appointment may be offered at your local GP surgery or at a local community clinic.  Depending on the type of treatment and support you need, the treatment you will receive will be discussed with you and a care plan developed jointly with you to meet your needs and work towards your goals.

The Community Mental Health Team work in close partnership with Adult Social Services and other Health Services. The teams may include a Social Worker trained in mental health, a community mental health nurse, psychiatrist, psychologist, and an occupational therapist.  The team uses an integrated care approach to support the needs of the person with the mental illness, their family and carers.  As well as arrangements for your mental health care your care plan will include any support offered with practical tasks, support and advice on housing, employment and benefits, and personal relationships. 

To contact your local Community Mental Health Team or to ask for a referral please speak to your GP.


Older Person’s Community Mental Health Teams (OPCMHT’s)

The OPCMHT’s focus on the needs of people over the age of 65 with mental health needs. This may include people who have had a long term mental illness who are now over the age of 65, those developing mental illness, either short or long term, and those with memory problems or dementia. Dependent on a person’s needs OPCMHT can offer services such as memory clinics (with medication to help people with memory loss), day treatment services, support from a mental health nurse or other professional, and referral and signposting to other community support services for people and their carers.  Once again the teams work closely with Adult Social Services and Primary Health Care Services, as well as working in partnership with the independent and voluntary sector to deliver services.  To contact your local Older Person’s Community Mental Health Team or ask for a referral contact your GP.

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