The Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) programme provides a framework for a compassionate and effective response to people in distress. This will make it more likely that they will engage with and stay connected to services or supports that may benefit them over time.
The Scottish Government has confirmed the four pilot areas for trialling the DBI programme. North and South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnerships will host the DBI central team and participate as one of four partnership test sites which will run local pilots, along with
- Penumbra in Aberdeen
- Support in Mind in Inverness
- NHS Borders Joint Mental Health Service.
A programme board has been formed to advise on operational implementation. It is anticipated that the pilot schemes will become operational by October 2017.
The Scottish Government will commission an independent evaluation to give recommendations for the future.
You can read the initial evaluability assessment which aims to identify possible evaluation options on the Health Scotland website.