Mental Health and Housing

This course is delivered within the context that a disproportionate number of people experiencing mental ill-health become homeless and a disproportionate number of people who become homeless develop mental health problems. The course examines the relevant mental health, community care and housing law that can assist in preventing and relieving homelessness and developing appropriate support packages.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Following the government’s announcements on 16 March, it is clear we are entering a new phase of the coronavirus pandemic. As such, we feel it is best to stop delivery of all face-to-face training until further notice.

Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £955; Standard / Concessionary £890 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

Course contains

  • Practical advice on accessing appropriate services
  • The changes to compulsory admissions introduced by the Mental Health Act 2007
  • Rights under s.117 of the Mental Health Act
  • Tactics for defending possession proceedings
  • The changes introduced by the Care Act 2014
  • The new National Minimum Eligibility Criteria for community care services
  • The assessment of vulnerability under the homelessness legislation
  • The structural links between the legislation that aim to promote a more responsive service.

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand how to access community care and specialist mental health services
  • Distinguish situations where there are clear rights from those subject to discretion or eligibility criteria
  • Appreciate the increasing relevance of the Equality Act in the process of preventing and relieving homelessness
  • Recognise the importance of all professionals understanding their responsibilities under the Mental Capacity Act
  • Understand the implications of the changes introduced by the Care Act 2014 and the increased emphasis on joint working.

Suitable for

Anyone involved in the provision of services, advice or support to people with mental and emotional distress.

Meet the trainer

Sharon Nandoo

Sharon has over 18 years’ experience of housing law. As a qualified legal executive Sharon has represented local authorities and housing associations in a range of legal issues including disrepair counterclaims, anti-social behaviour, sub-letting and rent arrears. Sharon spent 12 years working for one of the largest housing associations in the South East, specialising in anti-social behaviour, subletting and domestic abuse. Sharon has been a freelance trainer and consultant since 2015, advising social landlords on tenancy issues and policy development.

CPD hours 5