Social Care Assessment and Eligibility
If you have a mental illness you may need support from social services. This section explains who is eligible for social care support and how you can get an assessment from your local authority. Your local authority has to follow The Care Act 2014.
- Social services have to assess your care and support needs. They need to make sure your wellbeing and independence is the focus of the assessment.
- Your needs could include: supported housing, employment, support at home and social inclusion or other things.
- You should get services to make sure you don’t need crisis support in the future or to make sure your condition doesn’t get worse.
- All local authorities must use the same eligibility criteria.
- If your eligible needs are not already being met, then the local authority need to meet your needs.
This section covers:
- Why would I need social care services?
- Who can get social care services?
- Can I get information and advice on social care?
- How can I get a social care assessment?
- How does the local authority decide if I have eligible needs?
- Who is responsible for my care?
- Who will pay for my social care?
The Care Act 2014 is the law which explains what your local authority must do to assess your care needs and your eligibility for care and support.
The ‘local authority’ or ‘LA’ is the organisation which manages public services in your area. Your local authority is responsible for social services. Local authority can be called ‘local council’. Local authority will be shortened to LA in this section.
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in April 2018. Next review April 2021.
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