Section 117 Aftercare
This section explains if you can get free aftercare 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 aftercare if you have been in hospital under section 3, 37, 45A, 47 or 48 of the Mental Health Act 1983.
- Section 117 means that you will get free aftercare when you leave hospital.
- The NHS and social services will give you aftercare.
- Your illness might affect you in different ways. The NHS and social services call these things your ‘needs’.
- Your aftercare will help you with your ‘needs’. You may get specialist housing, help to meet other people, help with work or education and free prescriptions for mental health medication.
- Your aftercare should only stop when you do not need any more help from the NHS or social services.
- If you have any problems or questions, talk to your care coordinator or your other contacts in the NHS or social services. An advocate might be able to help you do this. If this does not work, you could think about making a complaint or getting help from a solicitor.
This section covers:
- What is section 117 aftercare?
- Will I get section 117 aftercare?
- Who should arrange my aftercare?
- What services will I get, and how will these be planned?
- Can I get free housing?
- When will my free aftercare 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 2016. Next review March 2018.
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