Substance misuse is one of the primary issues for many people experiencing multiple disadvantage. Recently, there has been much focus on drug treatment, however there has been a tendency to give alcohol less attention despite the prevalence of its use. This briefing examines the impact of alcohol related harm among people experiencing multiple disadvantage, considers the role of treatment and explores barriers and solutions to effective alcohol support.
For many people experiencing multiple disadvantage, accessing appropriate mental health support remains a significant problem. This briefing explores the experience of discharge from inpatient mental health care for people experiencing multiple disadvantage and those who support them. It is based on the experiences of interviewees from across the MEAM Approach and Fulfilling Lives networks and focuses on hospitals rather than the secure estate.
MEAM has published its submission to the Spending Review 2021. We call on government for a clear commitment to multiple disadvantage and a focus on learning, secure and coordinated funding for services supporting people experiencing multiple disadvantage. and highlight the individual responses from the four MEAM organisations.
MEAM is publishing a series of “policy into practice” briefings to explore key national policy developments and what these mean for people and services in local areas.
Our latest in the series explores the latest developments in health reform and what these could mean for people experiencing multiple disadvantage.
People experiencing multiple disadvantage are at a higher risk of premature death than the general population. Despite this, there remains a limited focus, both locally and nationally, on investigating and reviewing premature deaths when they occur. This briefing encourages local areas to review all premature deaths of people facing multiple disadvantage and calls on national government to require this and to collate learning from reviews to inform policy decisions. It highlights the benefits that reviews can bring and the methods and processes that can be adopted to improve current practices and minimise future loss of life.
In the latest in our policy into practice series, we explore the role of Integrated Care Systems and the opportunity they pose to address the issues faced by people experiencing multiple disadvantage.
In the latest in our policy into practice series, we explore the recently released sentencing white paper A Smarter Approach to Sentencing, and consider its impact on people experiencing multiple disadvantage.
In these case studies published today, we learn more about how the MEAM Approach operates in practice in four local areas. We outline the development of multi-agency partnerships, the enhanced frontline support offered to individuals and the strategic oversight provided to make immediate and lasting systems changes to improve the lives of people experiencing multiple disadvantage.