Autistic people and inpatient mental health hospitals Advice & Support for:
Autism Inpatient Mental Health Casework Service
Our Autism Inpatient Mental Health Casework Service offers advice and support to autistic people and the families of autistic people in England who have been detained in a mental health hospital or assessment and treatment unit (ATU), or are at imminent risk of detention or re-detention.
Please be aware that our Autism Inpatient Mental Health Casework Service is not a crisis or clinical service. If you need urgent help, please visit our urgent help page.
The service can:
explain the rights and entitlements of autistic people who have been detained in a mental health hospital or assessment and treatment unit (ATU)
offer information, advice and support by phone or email to help prevent or challenge detention
help autistic people and families understand what care and support could be available to them in the community
help autistic people and their families explore their options and make informed decisions about their rights and entitlements
provide guidance and support on specific issues such as accessing advocacy, making a complaint or appealing against a decision
work closely with and signpost to relevant advice and support within the National Autistic Society and from other organisations.
The service is not able to:
provide urgent or immediate support - if you need urgent help, please visit our urgent help page
provide face-to-face support or attend meetings, but we can help you prepare for them
offer legal support but we can signpost to relevant organisations
provide support in Nothern Ireland, Scotland or Wales. At the moment, we only have funding to run this service in England but we will be seeking funding for this service in other nations of the UK as we believe other governments and trust funders will see it as really needed.
How to contact the service
Does your enquiry relate to safeguarding and/or is urgent help needed?
We may at times signpost enquirers on to other organisations. We cannot guarantee the service of other organisations and therefore cannot make recommendations. These external websites and organisations are maintained by other groups. If we signpost a service, this does not necessarily imply that the National Autistic Society endorses or supports it. The National Autistic Society cannot be held responsible for the quality of information provided by other organisations.
For training and quality purposes there may occasionally be another person listening to your call. The personal data you provide will be used for administration, statistical and other purposes connected with the National Autistic Society and autism. Information is not disclosed to third parties for marketing or other purposes not connected with autism. Technical and organisational measures are taken to prevent unauthorised or unlawful processing or disclosure of information. Please see our privacy and data protection notice.
Thank you so much for all of your help and support. The information and help you have given me are what have helped to make the real difference and to get people to listen. I feel like I'm now being listened to.
A big thank you
Our Autism Inpatient Mental Health Service is funded by NHS England.
Last reviewed and updated on 31 August 2023
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