Autumn 2020 issue
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ELFT’s New Rough Sleepers Mental Health Project

The Rough Sleepers Adult Mental Health Project is part of the Mayor’s action plan for improving homelessness in the capital. The new team is funded through the Greater London Authority (GLA) for 2 years, until March 2022. 

ELFT RAMHP covers The City, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham. They aim to: 

  • Improve the mental health of people who sleep rough  
  • Work directly with Street Outreach Teams (SORT) – to improve their mental health awareness and response 
  • Develop a model of care  
  • Assess how the mental health and/or psychological needs makes engaging in social and health care difficult for the person 
  • Work with the wider system to influence how they work better together for this population 

Referrals come from the Street Outreach Teams (SORT) and other specialists street homeless teams. The team:

  • Provide outreach shifts with SORT workers  
  • Provide targeted mental health assessments to identify unmet needs and how best to engage with mainstream services 
  • Provide baseline biopsychosocial assessments and the Dialog+ framework 
  • Work mainly with primary care and third sector organisatiosn to get mental health needs met but also support secondary mental health services.  
  • Attends Task and Action, London-wide Challenge groups, high risk panels groups 
  • Provide a COVID response to the Homeless Hotels in The City, Tower Hamlets and Newham 
  • Are not a CMHT and do not care coordinate.  

If you see someone sleeping rough and are worried about them, contact 0300 500 0914 or go to

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