Report: The mental health needs of BME communities in Leeds

Background to the research

This research was initiated by the BME Advisory Group to the Mental Health Modernisation Team (BMEAG), and paid for by Leeds Adult Social Care (formerly,  Leeds Social Services). It was commissioned to inform decisions on how to spend the monies that were freed up by the closure of the Black Mental Health Resource Centre in 2004.

Aims and objectives

The brief provided by Adult Social Care (ASC) was:
 To produce a brief needs-analysis of the mental health support needs of the BME community in Chapeltown and Harehills mapped against existing services available to this group.
 To identify models of service delivery that is likely to be most effective in meeting the prioritised needs. To make recommendations about the best use of the ring-fenced resources allocated.
 To work on behalf of the commissioners and in partnership with the BME Advisory Group of the Leeds Mental Health Modernisation Team.
 To produce a service specification for provision of new services and use this to inform a tendering process to award contracts to the successful provider/s.

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