Decision details

Community Mental Health Services Contract

Decision Maker: Corporate Director of Health and Adult Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To approve a variation and extension to the contract for Community Mental Health Services


To extend the Community Mental Health Services contract for an additional 24 months to 30 September 2025. To begin work as soon as possible to explore the re-procurement of a new service, including consideration of a public engagement exercise and collaborative commissioning opportunities with Health.

Reasons for the decision:

In 2018, NYCC commissioned six providers to deliver Community Mental Health services across North Yorkshire. The initial term was for 3 years and there are 2 provisions to extend for terms of 2 years. The first of the two extension periods ends on 30 Sept 2023.

The most cost-effective method of continuing the service is to extend within the current contract for the 2 years. This offers a continuation of the current delivery of the service with no disruption to individuals accessing the support. NYCC will continue to monitor, review and develop the services until the full Mental Health Review is concluded and new care models and specifications are available for procurement

Formal contract review meetings will start in March 2023 to ensure there is opportunity to explore further any service development issues and provide narrative to the figures and reassurance about delivery.

Alternative options considered:

Immediate procurement was considered – this was rejected due to the risk of losing continuity of current delivery and insufficient time to maximise the benefits of public engagement and collaborative commissioning opportunities.

Publication date: 14/03/2023

Date of decision: 10/03/2023

Effective from: 20/03/2023