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Best mental health care may involve a range of services

11th August 2006

Wales' Conwy County Borough is debating a residential versus multi-service approach to mental health care.

Members of the local council's Community Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee will be asked to consider new proposals for mental health services in Conwy, it has been announced.

One of the main issues under consideration is whether to close a residential home for mental health patients, Bron Haul, and use the revenue to develop a range of services such as crisis intervention, respite care, community support and long term supported housing instead.

"We have a duty to offer effective, modern quality services to the people of Conwy County Borough and clearly Bron Haul is no longer the most appropriate facility for providing this," admitted councillor Keith Toy, the cabinet member for social care.

"Change can be difficult but by establishing the new services first and making the most of our staff's knowledge and experience I believe we can achieve our aims – for the benefit of the service users," he added.

The proposals constitute the results of a consultation carried out earlier this year, which was prompted by the Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales expressing concerns of the range and quality of services offered by Bron Haul.

A decision is expected to be reached at a further meeting on September 21st 2006.