The second edition of standards for community mental health services were published (ACOMHS) in January 2020. Download a copy of the standards (PDF).

Overarching principles

The overarching principles that have guided the development of our standards are that:

  • People with mental health problems should receive timely assessment and treatment which is focussed on their individual needs and recovery goals.
  • People with mental health problems and their carers should receive a service that is person-centred and takes into account their unique and changing personal, psychosocial and physical needs.

Reflecting the views of those in the field

We know that those who are in the field have the best understanding of the issues and challenges that they face in providing high quality care.

The standards are drawn from relevant policies, guidelines and research literature and have been developed in consultation with a multidisciplinary group of professionals working in community mental health services, service users and carers

Keeping up to date

The second edition standards were published in January 2020 and reflect recent developments in policy and practice and any issues identified through the accreditation process. The standards are in line with NHS England's Community Mental Heath Framework for Adults & Older Adults, which is being rolled out to teams in the coming years.

A multidisciplinary standards development group, comprising of representatives professionals working in, and with, community mental health services and service user and carer representatives, is responsible for the revision process.

We have moved all email discussion groups onto a new, free to join, online forum called Knowledge Hub. All our members are invited to join the ACOMHS discussion forum on Knowledge Hub, which will allow you to:

  • Share best practice and quality improvement initiatives
  • Seek advice and connect with our members
  • Discuss current issues and policies
  • Share policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Advertise and view upcoming events and conferences

To join Knowledge Hub, please email 

The project team are always looking for submissions for the next edition so if you have a project or innovation you would like to tell us about, please get in contact with us at

If you have any questions regarding any of our events, please do not hesitate to contact us at
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