Section 117 Aftercare
This section explains if you can get free after-care under section 117 (pronounced ‘one-one-seven’) of the Mental Health Act 1983. It explains what services you might get and when your care will end.
- After-care’ means the help you get when you leave hospital.
- You are entitled to section 117 after-care if you have been in hospital under sections 3, 37, 45A, 47, or 48 of the Mental Health Act 1983.
- Section 117 after-care is free.
- The NHS and social services will give you after-care.
- Your mental health might affect you in different ways. The NHS and social services call these things your ‘needs’.
- Your after-care will help you with your ‘needs’. You may get specialist housing, help to meet other people, help with work or education, or free prescriptions for mental health medication.
- Your after-care might be organised under the Care Programme Approach (CPA).
- Your after-care should only stop when you no longer need it to stay well.
- If you have any problems or questions, talk to your care coordinator, or another member of your care team. An advocate might be able to help you do this. If this does not work, you could think about making a complaint.
This section covers:
- What is section 117 after-care?
- Will I get section 117 after-care?
- Who should arrange my after-care?
- What services will I get, and how will these be planned?
- What is The Care Programme Approach (CPA)?
- Can I get free housing?
- When will my free after-care end?
- How can I deal with problems with section 117?
This information has been written by Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service. Last reviewed in March 2018. Next review March 2021.
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