The financial case for integrated mental health services and supported housing pathways


This report, commissioned by housing and support services provider Look Ahead, outlines that if integrated mental health and supported housing systems currently used in parts of London and the South East were implemented across the rest of the country, approximately £950 million could be saved to the NHS.

It found that the integrated mental health and supported housing models used by 167 individuals supported by Look Ahead Care and Support produced £5m a year in cashable savings and non-cash releasing efficiencies compared to hospital-based mental health care.

These models include the integration of Crisis and Recovery Houses (short-term community-based alternative to in-patient psychiatric treatment); Rehabilitation services (accommodation-based services providing medium or short-term support to develop mental health stability and daily living skills); and Forensic step-down for people to step-down safely from secure in-patient settings into the community.