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Document Will I get free prescriptions under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act?

If you go into a pharmacy with an NHS prescription you would be required to pay for the drugs unless you had an exemption which is listed on the back of the prescription.

To get medication through Section 117 of the Mental Health Act, whoever is arranging the care package for the person on release from the Hospital/ Institute, should arrange for the appropriate medication to be given to the person at pre-arranged places.

It is the duty of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) or Local Health board and of the local social services authority to provide, in co-operation with relevant voluntary agencies, after care services to any person who this applies to.

Therefore, if you wish to claim for free prescriptions through Section 117 of the Mental Health Act you will need to speak to the person who is overseeing your care package.



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