The Meriden Family Programme was launched in 1998 when there was a drive within the West Midlands to introduce evidence based interventions into health care. Behavioural Family Therapy was chosen for mental health services because of the strong evidence base and the cascade nature of training.
Originally funded from 1998 to 2004 through central West Midlands regional funding, Meriden worked closely with all the mental health provider trusts within the West Midlands region in a comprehensive programme of training and implementation. Subsequent funding for 2004 – 2007 was provided by several of those Trusts, demonstrating their commitment to ensuring that family work was available locally and embedded within the organisational infrastructures.
From April 2007 as the reputation of the Programme grew, many other services wished to benefit from the experience and expertise built up in the Programme and Meriden received an increasing number of requests for training and organisational development at a national and international level. The current funding for the Programme comes from a range of sources including Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust, Birmingham CCGs and other health and social care organisations at a national and international level.