Access, assessment and brief intervention Barking & Dagenham

The access and assessment service is for adults aged 18 and over needing community mental health services in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham. We provide an initial mental health assessment.

Once assessed we may:

refer or signpost to other mental health services or organisations
signpost to other services (e.g. social services)
provide brief intervention by the team for up to six months.
If needed, we can offer:

full assessment of mental health and social care needs
access to a psychiatrist talking therapies and other psychological help
advice and information
crisis intervention
psychiatric medication review
if appropriate self-guided support
support with social problems
recovery and wellbeing approaches.
We also provide a single telephone number for anyone enquiring about mental health services in Barking and Dagenham, urgent mental health assessment where needed and management of referrals to other specialist mental health services.

Our team is made up of psychiatrists, community mental health nurses, support time and recovery workers and occupational therapists.
Patient information
Contact our service in Barking and Dagenham
Access assessment and brief intervention team
Barking Community Hospital
Upney Lane
IG11 9LX

Tel: 0300 300 1570 - Option 3
Opening times: 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday

Referrals will be accepted from GPs or other health professional. Self referrals or from family, carers or friends and via walk-in centres.

Service access criteria: People whose primary presentation is drug or alcohol dependence, learning disability or any organic dysfunction. People who are currently being seen in secondary care services or who are on CPA People with no recourse to public funds will usually not be accepted unless there are other factors which indicate that they should be accepted.
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