580. General functions of local social services authorities.

The care of mentally disordered people1 living in the community falls principally upon the local social services authority2. Its functions fall into the following broad categories3: (1) to provide residential accommodation for those aged 18 or over who need care and attention because of age, illness, disability or any other circumstances4; (2) to provide occupational, recreational and other services for persons aged 18 or over suffering from certain disabilities, including mental disorder of any description5; (3) to publish information relating to welfare arrangments6 and provide home adaptations and other facilities7 for disabled persons8; (4) to promote the welfare of