MCN Funding Announcement

08 March, 2021

The Taskforce has confirmed the funding approval of 8 new projects aimed at enhancing the evidence base around Multiple Complex Needs (MCN) and building the capacity of life-saving work in this area. 

The 8 projects, listed below, have successfully passed the Taskforce and Corra Foundation review and selection process, and fit within the Tests of Change Framework that the Taskforce MCN SubGroup has developed.

The committed funding of the projects totals over £550,000 over the next 18-24 months.



Amount Awarded


Local Auth Area

Renfrewshire ADP

Recovery Support Navigators

£87,600 split over 18 months

Two Recovery Support Navigators (RSNs) to engage with individuals (who have co-occurring substance use and MCNs) within the Emergency Department in order to increase the likelihood of them accessing local treatment and care services.


Fife ADP

Peer Advocacy Project

£90,000 split over two years

Two peer workers to develop a peer advocacy service and enable those with lived and living experience to have a visible presence within existing services, they will also provide advocacy training.


Change Grow Live

Community Recovery Hub


An Advanced Nurse Practitioner who will support people in the community to access holistic health and social care services, including mental health and drug services. The proposal is to develop a ‘one-stop’ approach through a Community Recovery Hub, where individuals can access support for all their needs. 

Forth Valley

Angus ADP

Angus Multi-Agency Locality Hub

£60,000 split over two years

Project manager for the development of 3 local hubs, with a multi-agency and profession “team”, linking to existing resources in order to improve pathways and provide “sticky” services (Hard Edges Scotland, 2019) and the support transition through services.


South Lanarkshire ADP

MCN Integrated Care Pathway


A coordinated approach to the development of a trauma informed, integrated care pathway for individuals with multiple complex needs that will provide responsive access to care and treatment within mental health and drug and alcohol treatment services.

South Lanarkshire

South Lanarkshire ADP

Navigating exPEERience

£75,00 split over 18 months

Two peer navigators focused on multiple complex needs embedded within the existing respond and recovery beacons (hubs) which are psychologically informed environments that promote trauma informed practice.

South Lanarkshire

South Lanarkshire ADP

Family First Responder Volunteers

£26,706 (may increase due to volunteer payments)

Staff time to coordinate volunteering roles/training to support Families to become volunteer First Responders

South Lanarkshire

Midlothian HSCP

Coordinating Mental Health and Drug Services


Nursing role to address the complex needs of people accessing mental health/drug services. The role will help to break down silos and between mental health, justice, homelessness and substance misuse services.