Section 117.PG

Section 117 aftercare services and the Mental Health Act 1983: Practice Guidance (2020)

Published: 31/03/2020

Author: Parker C


This resource aims to support organisations to make good decisions in relation to aftercare services and provides an overview of law concerning the provision of services under section 117 (s117) of the Mental Health Act 1983. It highlights who is entitled to support, which organisation is responsible for provision and what to do in the event of disagreements between organisation, including:

  • The duty to provide s117 aftercare – what it is and why it is important.
  • Who is entitled to receive s117 aftercare.
  • Who is responsible for the provision of s117 aftercare (including the process for handling disputes).
  • Aftercare planning.
  • Discharge from s117 aftercare.

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