Dalkeith Social Work Centre to become recovery hub
Dalkeith Social Work Centre is to become a central ‘recovery hub’ for mental health and substance misuse services.
NHS staff will relocate
At the full council meeting on Tuesday, councillors agreed to the initiative, which will see NHS mental health and drug misuse staff relocating to the St Andrews Street premises from Old Bonnyrigg Health Centre and Glenesk Centre in Dalkeith. The council’s Criminal Justice team will remain at Dalkeith Social Work Centre.
Drug and mental health charities will also move in
They will be joined by social work staff specialising in mental health and drug issues as well as the charity supporting recovery from drugs, MELD, Midlothian and East Lothian Drugs.
17% of people in Midlothian are on medication
The council’s cabinet member for adult services, Councillor Derek Milligan welcomed the move. He said: “With mental health issues accounting for a quarter of all ill health and 17% of people in Midlothian prescribed medication for anxiety, depression and even psychosis, having a team of experts under one roof makes absolute sense. Partnership working is vital in creating tailored packages of care for vulnerable people, many of whom have lost jobs, homes and their social life because of the severity of their illness.”
Council is to explore introducing a weekend 'recovery cafe'
However, he expressed concerns that support for local people with addiction issues ‘switches off’ between 5pm on a Friday evening and 9am on Monday morning. Councillors supported a move, therefore, for officials to come back to Council with details of how to accommodate a recovery cafe during weekends.
Pic: Dalkeith Social Work is to become a recovery hub.