The first agreement between SKL and the Social Department was pertaining to the accessibility of BUP. Ing-Marie Wieselgren, along with several colleagues traveled to the different counties to hear what services and interventions were being provided by the municipalities and county councils working with young people in need of help. This operation was called Barntåget (Kids train)
Barntåget revealed a need for a synchronised “first line” early interventions for children and young people with mental ill-health. Modellområdesprojektet commenced in the year 2009-2001. Its main objectives and purpose was to organise and synchronise schools, social services and county councils interventions. The goal was to adopt different approaches for providing ‘first line’ support for children and young people who needed help with mild psychological symptoms. There were 14 various sections. This consisted of a county / region working together with one or several municipalities or city councils. The Modellområdena were supported by a central development office in Stockholm. Modellområdesprojektet identified a number of fundamental factors for having a synchronised interventions. The new project development, Psynk began in 2011 – to address these issues. One example, was the importance of having a shared-decision making body in which municipalities and counties can both be represented within the several community services: schools, social services, primary care and specialist care.
From 2011-2014 commenced Psynk Project – on mental health, children and young people. This work was built on the experiences derived from Modelområdesprojektet, which began during the period of 2009-2011.
About 50 municipalities and county councils collaborated in this project at various stages, at different times. The goal for improving these sections were that it would be nationally relevant, innovative and relatively flexible with the possibility of generating quick results. The site used in this work: www.psynk.se now known as: www.uppdragpsykiskhalsa.se
Uppdrag Psykisk Hälsa 2015/2016
The purpose of the agreement which began in 2015 was to create conditions to do long term work in the field of mental health, that consist of a shared responsibility with stakeholders. The work is based on the overarching objectives set out in the Governments’ “Plan for targeted initiatives in the field of mental health 2012 -2016” (PRIO mental illness) and SALAR long term action plan for Mental Health Congress period 2012-16.
The goal objective is for the agreement to continue into 2017 and 2018 using a similar approach; provided it is not deemed necessary to revise the content, and that the parliament has allocated fund for this purpose.
The State and SKL agreed that 780 000 000 crowns, which is the stimulant fund for municipalities and county councils, and regions to be utilised by the responsible authorities, individually or in collaboration, as follow:
- 300 000 000 crowns is allocated to county councils /regions, and 200 000 000 crowns is allocated to municipalities to carry out analysis, set up goals and develop action plans, both locally and regionally and to begin the long term work.
- 150 000 000 granted to county councils to stimulate and organise new initiative for young people.
- 130 000 000 crowns which is granted to municipalities and county councils to use in investment on youth community center projects.
- SKL will allocate 60 000 000 crowns for coordinating functions, development support activities and analytical support. A further five million received will be appropriated by SKL to research modalities relating to the national infrastructure. This 2016 agreement comprise an increase of 150 million compared with 2015.