Section 117 Aftercare
This factsheet explains whether you can get free aftercare under section 117 (normally pronounced ‘one-one-seven’)of the Mental Health Act 1983. It also explains what services you might get and when your care will end.
- ‘Aftercare’ means the help you get when you leave hospital.
- You are entitled to section 117 aftercare if you have been in hospital under section 3, 37, 45A, 47 or 48 of the Mental Health Act 1983.
- Section 117 means that you will get free aftercare when you leave hospital.
- Your free aftercare will come from the NHS and social services.
- Your illness might affect you in lots of different ways. The NHS and social services call these things your ‘needs’.
- Your aftercare will help you with your ‘needs’. You might get specialist housing, help to socialise, help with work or education and free prescriptions for mental health treatment.
- Your free aftercare should only stop when you do not need any more help from the NHS or social services.
- If you have any problems or questions, talk to your care coordinator or your other contacts in the NHS or social services. An advocate might be able to help you do this. If this does not work, you could think about making a complaint or getting help from a solicitor.
This information has been written by Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service. Last reviewed in March 2014. Next review March 2016.
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