About the IMHA Support Project
The IMHA Support Project aims to develop best practice in and improve the quality and effectiveness of Independent Mental Health Advocacy services in England.
The project will engage directly with IMHAs and IMHA provider agencies in order to identify the support needs of this diverse sector. These identified practice, training and quality needs will then shape the project and determine its areas of priority.
The project will deliver a range of support services to the IMHA sector including the setting up of regional forums which will provide opportunities for networking, training, exchange of good practice, dissemination of information & case law etc; the development of best practice resource materials; the setting up of a telephone/e-mail advice service to practicing IMHAs and the review of the current commissioning guidance.
In addition the project will engage with the wider advocacy sector, service user led organisations, funding and commissioning bodies, mental health service providers, politicians and policy makers in order to raise awareness of and to stimulate discussion and debate about the IMHA role and provision.
You can find out more about the project from Collette Byrne, Project Manager: