Certain individuals who have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) will be entitled to free aftercare funding, known as section 117 aftercare. In order to qualify for this, an individual must have been:
If an individual has been detained in a hospital under any other provision, i.e. generally under s2 or s4 of the MHA; or under a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards authorisation; or was a voluntary patient throughout the admission, they will not qualify.
The purpose of s117 aftercare services is to meet needs that the individual has arising from their mental health illness and to reduce the risk of them needing to return to hospital for mental health treatment.
If a person qualifies for s117 aftercare duties, then Health and /or Social Services should cover the costs of their care and support services. There can be a number of factors that can stand in the way of securing and maintaining section 117 funding.