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Title: Race, Mental Health

Race, Mental Health Criminal Justice Solutions
for Better Practice National Mental Health
Policing Portfolio
  • DI Frankie Westoby
  • Staff Officer - National Policing Lead for Mental

Commander Christine Jones
National Mental Health Policing Portfolio Lead
  • To set out the challenges the criminal justice
    system has in working with people with mental
    health problems
  • To identify the initiatives the police are
    taking to provide a service that meets the needs
    of people with mental health needs from black
    and minority ethnic communities in contact with
    the criminal justice system

The Police Experience
  • Part of core business
  • Police cells
  • Transport
  • 24/7 Service
  • Calls to health settings

Independent Commission for Mental Health
  • 28 Recommendations
  • Lord Victor and Commissioner Hogan-Howe met in
    April 2014.
  • 12 Recommendations achieved, 14 underway and 2
    not progressed (not for police).
  • Report to be published in December 2014 by the
    MPS to update on the actions.
  • Recognised that many other Forces are
    implementing the recommendations from this report.

Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat
  • ACPO part of the working group to develop the
    Concordat and now a signatory.
  • Published in February 2014 by the Department of
    Health Norman Lamb Minister for Health and
    Social Care.
  • Specific actions for police nationally in
    relation to datasets, best practice and
    information share.

Street Triage
  • 9 Dept of Health Funded Street Triage Schemes
  • 17 Locally funded Schemes
  • All the schemes are slightly different and these
    need to await proper evaluation to ascertain what
    is best practice. This may vary between Forces
    depending on demographics.
  • Early indications suggest the areas working
    really well
  • Understanding each partners role and demands on
  • Early Information sharing is providing a positive
    outcome for the service user.

Legislation and Codes of Practice Review
  • Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into Mental
    Health and Policing
  • Review of legislation S136 and S135 being led
    by Home Officer and Department of Health.
  • Review of Mental Health Codes of Practice.

Liaison and Diversion Definition
  • Liaison and Diversion is a service that
    identifies a person with one or more
  • mental health
  • learning disability
  • substance misuse
  • vulnerabilities at the point they come into
    contact with the justice system this includes
    police custody suites and Courts.
  • LD is an identification, assessment referral
    service giving an individual access to
    appropriate treatment and support.

Liaison and Diversion background
  • 20-40 of custody detainees have mental health
    issues (uncertain figures as issues often hidden
    from Custody Officer)
  • 70 of prison population have mental health
  • Detainees have higher incidence of learning
    difficulties and alcohol misuse
  • 50 suffer from anxiety and depression (compared
    to 15 of general population)
  • Higher suicide risk.

Liaison and Diversion pilots
  • 10 National pilot schemes 11 NE London Boroughs
  • Standard service specification to be used from
    April 2014 to improve consistency
  • Evaluation by 2015 and a full business case to
  • Phased roll out of LD services, increasing to
    50 of population in England and then 100 by
    March 2017.
  • NHS London funding additional schemes in London
    with every Borough covered from 2014

  • Increasingly it is being recognised that it is
    not for police officers to diagnose.
  • Officers need to identify that an individual is
    vulnerable and that they need to do something
    about it. This will enable early intervention
  • National Portfolio working closely with the
    College of Policing to review vulnerability
    training and processes that currently are being
    used by Forces, to identify best practice.

The Challenges for the Police Service
  • Increasing demand at a time of decreasing budgets
    and resources
  • Creating Strategic Partnerships which feature
    evidence based joint commissioning of services
  • Ensuring staff feel confident and equipped to
    deal with people with mental health and those
    that are vulnerable
  • Understanding where the police role starts and
  • Police representation on relevant Health meetings
    to influence commissioning of services.
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