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Last updated:
14/11/2017

Free care for people who have a mental illness

  1. Overview
  2. What is residential care?
  3. Will I have to pay for residential care?
  4. What is capital and how will the local authority assess this?
  5. What is the most I will have to pay?
  6. What are top-up fees?
  7. What are Deferred Payment Agreements (DPA)?
  8. Free care for people who have a mental illness
  9. Free personal care for people over 65
  10. What if I cannot afford the charges?
  11. How can I deal with problems about charges?
  12. Next steps

People who receive treatment under the Mental Health Care and Treatment (Scotland) Act 2003 or the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 2003 will not be charged for services they receive under these measures. This relates to people who are subject to Compulsory Treatment Orders or Compulsion Orders and who are therefore required to comply with the treatment provided.

Services are also provided for free if they are provided through Criminal Justice Social Work or Adult Support and Protection regulations and assessment.

Services are also provided for free if they are provided through Criminal Justice Social Work or Adult Support and Protection regulations and assessment.

This means you can get free aftercare in the community and if your care plan says you need to be in a care home, your costs for the care home will be free. The rules around getting free residential care will be complicated, so you can phone Support in Mind Scotland on 0131 662 4359 to seek further help.

Support in Mind Scotland

0131 662 4359

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  1. Overview
  2. What is residential care?
  3. Will I have to pay for residential care?
  4. What is capital and how will the local authority assess this?
  5. What is the most I will have to pay?
  6. What are top-up fees?
  7. What are Deferred Payment Agreements (DPA)?
  8. Free care for people who have a mental illness
  9. Free personal care for people over 65
  10. What if I cannot afford the charges?
  11. How can I deal with problems about charges?
  12. Next steps
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