Social care Assessment and Eligibility
If you have a mental illness you may need support from social services. This section explains who is eligible for support and how you can get an assessment from your local authority. Your local authority has to follow The Care Act 2014.
- Social services have to assess your care and support needs. They need to make sure your wellbeing and independence is the focus of the assessment.
- Your needs could be supported housing, employment, support at home and social inclusion or other things.
- You should get services to make sure you don’t need crisis support in the future or to make sure your condition doesn’t get worse.
- You will do a supported self assessment.
- You and your carer can have an assessment at the same time.
- All local authorities have to use the same eligibility criteria.
- If your eligible needs are not already being met then the local authority need to meet your needs.
This section covers:
- Why would I need social care services?
- Who can get social care services?
- Can I get information and advice?
- How can I get a social care assessment?
- How does the local authority decide if I have eligible needs?
- Who is responsible for my care?
The ‘local authority’ or ‘LA’ is the organisation which manages public services in your area. Your local authority is responsible for social services. Local authorities can be called ‘local council’ or ‘council’. Local authority will be shortened to LA in this section.
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in April 2016. Next review April 2018.
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