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Mental Health Service Interventions for Rough Sleepers

A toolkit for people working with rough sleepers who are suffering with mental health issues.

The toolkit is aimed at helping workers assess mentally ill people sleeping rough and the risks associated with rough sleeping. It includes:


  • Guidance on assessing the risks associated with rough sleeping
  • Guidance on the use of the Mental Capacity Act – is this individual really making an informed decision to sleep on the streets?
  • Guidance on the use of the Mental Health Act and developing a hospital admission plan
    Guidance on raising safeguarding adults alerts

The toolkit has been developed by Lambeth Council in partnership with Thames Reach, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Greater London Authority.

The toolkit was developed by the Mental Health Project
for people sleeping rough and funded by the Greater
London Authority.

Mental health service interventions for rough sleepers toolkit
Mental health service interventions for rough sleepers toolkit - [3.43 MB] Download the mental health service interventions for rough sleepers toolkit
Mental Health Act screening tool
Mental Health Act screening tool - [27 KB] Download the Mental Health Act screening tool
Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Screening Tool for Street Outreach Teams
Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Screening Tool for Street Outreach Teams - [15 KB] Download the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) screening tool for street outreach teams
Hospital admission plan form
Hospital admission plan form - [30 KB] Download the hospital admission plan form
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