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Schools: Mental Health Services

Volume 501: debated on Thursday 26 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools in the Milton Keynes area are participating in the Targeting Mental Health in Schools programme; and whether he has plans to extend the programme to other schools in the area. (300714)

I am pleased to confirm that Milton Keynes will join the Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) Programme in April 2010. From April 2010 all local authorities nationally will be implementing TaMHS.

Milton Keynes will receive approximately £220,000 for 2010-11 to implement TaMHS locally.

It is up to Milton Keynes to choose the schools to take part in their local TaMHS project. Our recommended model is that each local authority identifies a cluster of three to six secondary schools and their feeder primaries to participate in the programme, reflecting local need.

In line with the TaMHS grant conditions, each local authority is required to submit an implementation plan to DCSF for approval, which will be monitored against progress.

Milton Keynes, like all local authorities, will have to indicate in their implementation plan how they will sustain TaMHS provision and will mainstream TaMHS support models to all schools locally beyond 2011.