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Adults With Incapacity

The Adults With Incapacity Team consists of specialist Mental Health Officers - social workers who have experience and expertise in working with people who have a mental disorder.

Adults With Incapacity and Mental Health Officers Team

West Lothian Council's Adults With Incapacity and Mental Health Officer Team was created to provide a specialist service following the introduction of the Adults With Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 and the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003. The team comprises of six specialist Mental Health Officers (MHO), i.e. specially trained social workers who have experience and expertise in working with people who have a mental disorder, a Team Manager and an Admin Assistant.

What We Do

The specialist MHOs provide services under the Mental Health(s) Act 2003 in relation to Emergency, Short Term and Compulsory Treatment Orders. They also undertake work with mentally disordered offenders under the Criminal Procedures (Scotland) Act 1995. In addition, team members act as Designated Mental Health Officers to those who have been appointed as a Guardian, or anyone who is subject to a Welfare Guardianship. The team have responsibility for advising carers and other professionals on such issues as Guardianship, Powers of Attorney and Intervention Orders.

Service Co-ordination Team

The Service Co-ordination Team is part of the Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP) and offers an assessment service to people having difficulty with mental health and/or addiction problems and who require assistance to manage in their own homes. The service will provide an assessment to ascertain if tenancy support is required. During the assessment phase of 1-4 weeks, we will offer support as appropriate. If we identify areas like paying bills, claiming benefits, advice concerning neighbour disputes etc., the client will be placed on a waiting list for a service. The main services we link people to are SAMH, Penumbra, The Richmond Fellowship Scotland, Places for People and Barony.

The Team also provides a review service for those clients receiving support from one of the tenancy support providers on a regular basis.

Please note that the Service Co-ordination Team no longer provides ongoing tenancy support and is not subject to Care Inspectorate inspection.

Contact Details (for enquiries about the service):

Service Co-ordination Team
Strathbrock Partnership
189a West Main Street
EH52 5LH.
Tel. 01506 775666

Note that referrals to the service must be carried out by the Adult Services Team - Tel. 01506 282252.