People facing multiple needs are well known in every local area in England – just ask local services, the police and the public.
Individuals experience a number of problems at the same time such as homelessness, substance misuse, mental health problems and offending. But they usually also have ineffective contact with the services that should be there to help, and end up living chaotic and expensive lives.
Finding shared solutions can be beneficial to everyone involved; yet developing a coordinated approach with local partners can be very difficult. The MEAM approach is here to help get things started.
At MEAM we believe that every local area should have a coordinated approach in place; and the government agrees:
We recognise that more can be done to support those who are least well served by current approaches. Through this strategy and the work that follows, we want to encourage local areas to design and commission interventions that are better coordinated and that deliver multiple outcomes.
Social Justice: Transforming Lives, HM Government