This guide is about the commissioning of mental health services for people with learning disabilities, enabling them to live full and rewarding lives as part of their local communities.
This guide is aimed at all commissioners responsible for mental health services for people with learning disabilities including young people in transition to adulthood. The guide will also be helpful for providers of mental health services and for family carers.
This guide describes what we know about mental health services for adults with learning disabilities, and what effective and accessible services look like based on current policy, the law and best practice.
While this guide does make reference to autistic spectrum disorders and ‘behaviours that challenge’ (which people with learning disabilities who have mental health problems may also experience), the primary focus of this guide is on people with learning disabilities who have mental health problems.
Other guides on commissioning services for people with learning disabilities do exist (for example the publication Improving the Health and Wellbeing of People with Learning Disabilities18). It is also important to remember that all of the commissioning guides produced by the JCP (as outlined earlier) also equally apply to people with learning disabilities.