Reaching out
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Reaching out

Ian Porter Assertive Outreach Team Leader, Oxfordshire Learning Disability NHS Trust, Trust’s steering group for the development of assertive outreach
Jas Sangha Community Team Manager, Cherwell and West Oxon division of Oxfordshire Learning Disability NHS Trust, Trust’s steering group for the development of assertive outreach

Originally developed to ensure people with severe mental health problems remained in contact with community-based services, the assertive outreach model is now being used successfully in the learning disability field. Ian Porter and Jas Sangha report

Assertive outreach services were originally developed to engage an identified group of adults with severe mental illnesses living in the community (Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health 1998). It is a flexible, creative, person-centred approach which aims to meet the needs of individuals who have extra difficulties linked to their mental illness, and who require long-term, intensive support (Morgan 2000)

Learning Disability Practice. 5, 6, 18-21. doi: 10.7748/ldp2002.07.5.6.18.c1489

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