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1. Please tell me what provision there is for mental health support for autistic adults in Calderdale. I have been told that there is none and that the mental health services in Calderdale cannot provide support to autistic people.

The CCG expects the mental health services it commissions to make reasonable adjustments for any particular needs that individuals may have, including autism. If an individual with autism needs specialist mental health support, they can be referred by their GP or another clinician through the CCG’s Individual Funding Request process.

Calderdale Council has commissioned Specialist Autism Services to run two autism spectrum disorder (ASD) hubs, taking place on alternate Wednesday afternoons from 25th April between 12.30pm and 5pm at the King’s Church, Park Road Halifax and alternate Tuesday afternoons from 29th May at Todmorden Community Resource Centre, Lever Street, Todmorden. The hubs will provide information, signposting and peer support for individuals living in Calderdale (aged 16+) on the autism spectrum who have little or no funded support in place.  They will provide social skills and peer support workshops, 1:1 support time (evening appointments are also available) and workshops on topics such as healthy living, PIP forms, self-representation, etc.

Further information and bookings for 1:1 support can be made by calling David Riley or Janice Weale on 01274 789789 or emailing them at david.riley@specialistautismservices.org or janiceweale@specialistautismservices.org

The Chair of the CCG’s Governing Body, Dr Steven Cleasby also made a statement about our plans for improving ASD services in Calderdale, at the Governing Body meeting last week.  In the statement he confirmed that:

“With regards to autism in adults, the CCG has invested £60,000 of recurrent funding in commissioning a new assessment and diagnosis service from South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, offering initial assessment and two follow-up appointments. This new approach started in April this year.

We have also provided £40,000 of non-recurrent funding to reduce the waiting list which had built up before the service was available, and it is expected that it will take around 18 months for the waiting time to drop to the NICE recommended timescale of assessment beginning within 3 months of the referral.

The Five Year Forward View Mental Health sets out a clear direction for the improved delivery of mental health services for the future. In Calderdale there is a commitment to effective partnership working to make this vision a reality through our Mental Health Innovation hub, which meets every two months. The CCG is committed to making the required level of investment into mental health services to enable these commitments to be delivered”.

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