Mental health unit at risk of closure after loss of funding

Lynton House in Market Rasen has lost its funding EMN-150216-133426001
Lynton House in Market Rasen has lost its funding EMN-150216-133426001

A mental health unit in Market Rasen faces closure after it lost its funding.

Lynton House in John Street operates as a halfway house between those needing intensive supported care and those living independently in their own home.

Company Mental Health Matters, which was once known as the Northern Schizophrenia Fellowship, has provided 24-hour support for up to seven individuals in the former B&B sited opposite the Co-op since 2006.

“Our contract to offer services at Lynton House will end in June due to a loss of funding following a review of housing-related support services by Public Health Lincolnshire,” a company spokesman told the Rasen Mail.

“We believe Lynton House provides an invaluable service to vulnerable people and are currently pursuing other funding options.

“However, if we are unable to secure alternative funding we very much regret that the service will have to close,” he said.

At present, the fate of its residents remains uncertain, should closure happen.

“In such an event, we will work closely with all current service users to ensure that they have alternative accommodation and are fully supported to make a successful transition.

“Our staff were informed 
of the possibility of closure last week and the tenants 
will be informed this 
week.

“We work closely with Adult Social Care and Community Mental Health teams to deliver a co-ordinated, person-centred service at Lynton House which has a recovery focus and enables people to move on to independent living,” the spokesman said.