Who is entitled to section 117 aftercare?
You are entitled to section 117 (S117) aftercare if you have been in hospital for treatment under section 3, 37, 45A, 47 or 48 of the Mental Health Act 1983 and if you are placed on a Community Treatment Order (section 17A) after discharge from hospital. You will not be entitled to free aftercare if you have only been in hospital under section 2, 4, 5 or 38 of the Mental Health Act 1983.
Aftercare services are to help meet your mental health needs and to help reduce the risk that you may need to be admitted to hospital again for treatment of your mental health condition.
S117 aftercare services will continue to be provided whilst NHS Dorset and your local authority are satisfied that you still require these services to meet needs arising from your mental health condition and to avoid deterioration in that condition. Decisions to stop S117 aftercare services will not be made without you being involved.
Your care coordinator, which will normally be your social worker, will be able to advise you as to whether you are entitled to S117 aftercare and will involve you in the planning of the appropriate aftercare services to meet your needs. In some circumstances it may be appropriate for you to receive direct payments to allow you to pay directly for the aftercare services. Again, your care coordinator will be able to advise.