What does a good integrated personal budget for people with mental health problems look like? 
The person with the integrated personal budget should:
- be able to choose the recovery outcomes they want to achieve, in agreement with a health care professional
- know how much money they have for their health, care and support
- be enabled to create a single care plan across health and social care, with support if they want it
- be able to choose how their budget is held and managed, and have the right to ask for a direct payment
- be able to spend the money in ways and at times that make sense to them, as agreed in their plan.
Integrated personal budgets can be managed in three ways, or a combination of them:
- Notional budget: the money is held by the local authority or NHS body.
- Third party budget: the money is paid to an organisation that holds the money on the person’s behalf.
- Direct payment: the money is paid to the person or their representative.
What are the stages of the integrated personal budgets process?
- Making contact and getting clear information.
- Understanding the person’s health, care and wellbeing needs.
- Working out the amount of money available.
- Making a care plan.
- Organising care and support.
- Monitoring and review.
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