Decision details

Mental Health Discharge to Assess Contract Extensions OKD71 20/21

Decision Maker: Director of Law and Assurance

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


The Mental Health Discharge to Assess service (D2A) supports working age adults to be discharged from acute mental health hospitals in a safe and timely manner. The Council commissions this service and is fully recompensed by Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust (SPFT). D2A has evidenced excellent outcomes for West Sussex residents and mental health systems, whilst supporting the pandemic response by minimising delays to hospital discharges. Local health and social care leaders support extending D2A and this paper seeks authority for a 6-month extension of these arrangements.   


Due to Covid-19 there have been different and shorter-term funding arrangements in place within NHS England (NHSE) which has impacted the ability of the local system to confirm funding into 2021/22. In the absence of this guidance SPFT has made a commitment to cover the costs of services for the first 6 months of the year. This funding decision has only been communicated very recently which has restricted the ability to take decisions sooner.



The Director of Law & Assurance, with the agreement of the Executive Director Adults and Health and the Chairman of the Health and Adults Social Care Scrutiny Committee, has used his delegated powers under Standing Order 5.23 and has approved a 6 month extension of the Mental Health Discharge to Assess service from 1st April 2021.


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Urgent item?: Yes

Publication date: 31/03/2021

Date of decision: 31/03/2021

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