After social services have assessed you and they decide you have eligible needs, you can ask for direct payments. Direct Payments are the money payments you get to pay for your care and support.
- When your local authority gives you money to buy the services you want, this is called direct payments.
- You may get direct payments if your local authority thinks you have needs because of your mental illness.
- Carers can get direct payments to meet their needs.
- You can spend direct payments on any service as long as it meets your assessed needs.
- Your carer, friend, or local support service can help you with direct payments.
- You may have to pay for some of your care and support depending on your financial circumstances.
We know that money and mental health problems often go hand in hand. That’s why Rethink Mental Illness, as part of Mental Health UK, have set up a new website. It will help you understand, manage and improve your mental and financial health. You can find a wide range of information to help you with direct payments. Just visit www.mentalhealthandmoneyadvice.org to find out more.
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in April 2016. Next review April 2018.
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