Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs)
Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) support people living in the community who have complex or serious mental health problems. Different mental health professionals work in a CMHT. This section explains what a CMHT can do and how you might get referred to them. It also explains what to do if you have problems with your CMHT.
- Different mental health professionals work in a CMHT. These professionals are from health and social care backgrounds.
- These can include psychiatrists, psychologists, community psychiatric nurses, social workers, and occupational therapists.
- They work with you to help you improve your mental health.
- You might get help from the team as a whole, or from just one or two professionals.
- You usually get referred to the CMHT by your GP.
- If you have complex needs you might be placed under the Care Programme Approach (CPA).
This section covers:
- What are Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs)?
- Who makes up a CMHT?
- How can I access the CMHT?
- What happens after I have been referred?
- What is the Care Programme Approach (CPA)?
- When will I stop seeing the CMHT?
- What if I have problems with my CMHT?
- What about confidentiality?
- What can I expect as a carer, friend or relative?
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in March 2017. Next review March 2020.
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