A grant of £242,000 has been awarded by the Department of Health to support the development of new mental health support services for people in crisis in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.
Brighter Futures, a non-profit organisation based in Hanley, will lead the project.
Brighter Futures Chief Executive Helena Evans said: “We knew we had to think differently around mental health and homelessness provision in the city and across Staffordshire.
“Sadly, all too often people find themselves at A&E when they have a mental health need even when it’s not necessarily the most appropriate place for them. The new Place of Calm service will provide another option to both crisis services and people in mental distress. The service will provide de-escalation from crisis and suitable escalation where needed.