Services shake-up wins wide support

    Campaigners have welcomed pledges to improve mental health
    services for children and ethnic minorities in the delivery plan
    for the public health white paper.

    The document says child and adolescent mental health services will
    become a more comprehensive service. And specific programmes will
    be targeted at improving services for ethnic minorities and victims
    of domestic violence. Referral arrangements to mental health
    services will also be improved.

    Charity YoungMinds welcomed the aim to build a comprehensive
    service by 2006. Director Barbara Herts said: “There are about 1.1
    million children with a mental disorder so we believe it will take
    increased investment over some years to achieve this aim.”

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