Increased mental health services for those arrested
An extra £12 million will be spent over the next 2 years to expand services that make mental health assessments available to those arrested.
The funding will see a
roll out of liaison and diversion services in police custody suites and
criminal courts across England.
Currently, 50,000 people
a year are assessed by liaison and diversion services following arrest, and
almost 70% require mental health support. This new funding will extend NHS
England liaison and diversion services from 50% population coverage to 75% by
This money will help
people with mental ill health, learning disabilities or autism get the right
care in the right place, supporting work between the police and the NHS.
Liaison and diversion
services can help ensure fair access to justice, limit the number of court
hearings, and avoid costly adjournments and periods on remand. Where appropriate,
vulnerable people can be diverted away from the criminal justice system into
treatment and care.
Mental health minister
Alistair Burt said:
"We have made monumental
strides in the way we think about and treat mental illness in this country in the
last few decades – but people with a mental illness, learning disabilities or
autism still need support when they come into contact with the criminal justice
"Expanding the successful
liaison and diversion scheme will help make sure these factors are taken into
account so more vulnerable people have their needs considered.”
The next 2 years will see
the service expanded to cover all major urban areas, securing services in the
areas of most need. This will build on the successful roll-out of services over
the last 2 years that have identified and assessed over 71,000 vulnerable
adults, children and young people. Subject to evaluation, full roll out should
be achieved by 2020.