Referral Process

The Mental Health Advocacy Project operates a flexible referral process and is happy to accept referrals from anyone accessing mental health and / or addiction services in West Lothian, or from anyone who has or has had a mental health and/or addiction problem that lives in or is receiving treatment in West Lothian.

Referrals will be accepted by people referring themselves or from other agencies or services.

Referral Procedure

Once we have received a referral our Senior Individual Worker will allocate it to an appropriate Project Worker, who will contact you as soon as they can.

We will give priority to people subject to the Mental Health (Care & Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003, Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 and Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007. We will endeavour to meet the request for these types of referrals within 3 working days.

We will endeavour to meet the request of addictions, welfare reform, HMP Addiewell and hospital-based referrals within 15 working days.

For referrals outwith the above, we aim to respond as quickly as possible however, during busy periods we may operate a waiting list but this will be advised at the time of referral.

Where possible, your allocated worker will remain working with you throughout the term of your advocacy issue, however, we cannot guarantee that requests for specific advocates will be met.

If you wish to make a referral or to discuss further, please contact us.

The Mental Health Advocacy Project is registered as a charity in Scotland No. SC011560