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Plaudits but no cash for Haven that helps those with personality disorder

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firemonkee57

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Plaudits but no cash for Haven that helps those with personality disorder

For a decade the Haven project in Essex has won plaudits for its pioneering work with people with personality disorder. The service, based in a small Victorian church in central Colchester, has challenged the notion that those with the diagnosis, who tend to exhibit recurrent self-harm and substance misuse, are untreatable.

As a result of its combination of intensive therapy and peer support, many of the clients, who were previously trapped in a revolving door of emotional crisis and psychiatric admission, have begun to rebuild their lives, by finding work, for example, and reforging broken relationships with their families.

The specialist service, set up in 2004 under the government’s national personality disorder development programme, is now under threat because central funding for the project has ceased and the local clinical commissioning group has decided not to fund its work, claiming it does not represent value for money or serve a large enough group of people.

Pernille Petersen, chief executive of the Haven, says the refusal to fund the service, which has helped almost 300 clients over the past decade overcome the suspicion and fear they felt after years of unsympathetic or inappropriate treatment is a huge blow. “They feel they have been abandoned,” she says of the clients, 86% of whom have suffered childhood abuse or neglect.

Up to 13% of the population has a personality disorder, defined as deeply ingrained behaviours that range from alienation to dependency, obsessiveness, narcissism and violence, according to Department of Health figures. Historically psychiatrists deemed those with the condition to be untreatable and it was considered a “dustbin diagnosis”.

The project provides 24-hour, seven-days-a-week face-to-face and telephone advice and support; respite care beds where people could stay if they felt they were at risk of crisis; a range of therapeutic interventions, including in-depth work on clients’ underlying traumas; skills workshops and employment support.

Petersen says the project, which costs £500,000 annually to run, has saved the NHS more than £800,000 a year. On average, among its clients there’s an 80% reduction in visits to A&E and acute psychiatric wards, and they have a suicide rate of less than 1% over 10 years, compared to the national average of 8-10% among people with personality disorder.

Plaudits but no cash for Haven that helps those with personality disorder | David Batty | Society | The Guardian
 
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Sounds like a good scheme.
I can't see why it's not getting some financial support if it's saving money for health services?

I'd quite like to see something like this available to all.
 
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