Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) - Accessing CMHT
How can I access the CMHT?
Normally, a health professional will need to refer you to a CMHT.
Referral is when someone asks a specialist service for an appointment for you.
CMHTs accept referrals from:
- primary care services, such as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT),
- Psychiatric Liaison Teams in A&E,
- other mental health teams, and
- social services.
Sometimes CMHTs will accept referrals from:
- the police,
- you, or
- your family.
It is more rare for CMHTs to accept referrals from you or your family. If you would like to know whether this is possible in your area, you can ask your local service.
The CMHT may not accept your referral. If you feel they should have accepted your referral, you can ask them to reconsider their decision. You can use an advocate to help you to get your point across. If they still do not accept your referral, you can make a complaint.
If there are no services for your needs in your area you can think about making an individual funding request (IFR). This is when you ask your NHS trust to pay for treatment outside your area.
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