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Social services directors say they accept fully the implications of a report predicting that the costs of mental health services in England could double in the next 20 years unless savings can be made. The Kings Fund report warned that more cases of dementia and health and social care costs that were rising in excess of inflation, could see the annual bill for services reaching 47 billion pounds compared with the current 22 billion. The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services said it accepted the reports message and its implications. Vice President Jenny Owen said the report built on the Care Ministers decision to commission the first national strategy for dementia. Its consultation report is due to be published shortly. Ms Owen said, We are aware that the rising numbers mean that more resources for these services will need to be a priority for future government investment. We also support the need for current spending in dementia care to be spent effectively, investing more in earlier and better diagnosis and supporting people with better quality services. Richard Webb, who is co-chair of the ADASS Mental Health, Alcohol and Drugs Network stressed that improved mental health did not depend only on specialist services but was also about raising skills, tackling poverty and exclusion, improving housing and community safety.