East Lancashire courts see funding for mental health support

  • A £1.4m funding boost has been given to Lancashire to help extend the work of mental health staff in the county's police stations and courts.

    The scheme helps to ensure that police stations in Blackburn and Burnley have weekend cover from ‘Liaison and Diversion' workers. Blackburn, Burnley and Accrington magistrates courts also see the same service, which was previously only covered Monday to Friday and available to adults only, however it will now be extended to under 18's too, reports The West Mooreland Gazette. /images/mentalhealth.jpg

    The team works to identify, assess and refer people who have mental health conditions when entering the criminal justice system.

    Sue Tighe, network director for specialist services at Lancashire Care, said: "We are really pleased to be part of this scheme. Having the resources in-house to identify an individual's healthcare needs means the appropriate treatment and rehabilitation can be provided. In turn, this may also help to reduce the risk of reoffending and improve overall health and wellbeing. Increasing funding to enable this to continue seven-days-a-week is fantastic and will provide prompt care and support for anyone who requires our assistance."

    The scheme has been running for 13 years however this funding boost will now see it available at weekends and for younger people.

    Steve Sansbury, chief inspector at Lancashire Constabulary, said: "The Liaison and Diversion teams within our police custody suites already provide an invaluable service that assists us in dealing with some very challenging and often vulnerable individuals. The extension of the service to seven days a week and covering all ages, as opposed to just adults, is another stride forward in enhancing our ability to safely and professionally deal with detainees who are arrested and who may have mental health issues or other vulnerabilities. This service assists us in carrying out our role of investigating crime, whilst at the same time referring people into appropriate services, with a view to preventing further re-offending, thereby reducing the risk of crime within our communities."

    What do you think of this? Tweet us your comments @suppsolutions

Related articles

  • Read More

    People in Bedfordshire can find mental health support through an audio guide

    The guides have been written by clinical psychologists and are available to download in print or listen to as an audio file, reports Bedfordshire News.Dr Judy Baxter, Clinical Director with BCCG and...

  • Read More

    Police officers in Dorset to receive mental health training

    The partnership with the University comes as part of the county’s Mental Health Street Triage Project. It is hoped to equip officers with improved knowledge and skills to assess members of the...

  • Read More

    People in Peterborough can refer themselves for mental health services

    Through a drive to offer support to more people and ease pressure on doctors, people living in Peterborough can self-refer themselves to mental health services, reports Peterborough Today.Dr Adrian...

  • Read More

    The first mental health centre for men

    The site has been set up by Alex Eaton, whose dad took his own life and has suffered with mental health problems himself, in Burton upon Trent, reports BBC Newsbeat.Mr Eaton said: "We are the only...

  • Read More

    NHS trust told no mental health beds available

    Dr Bohdan Solomka has said that on Sunday a lack of beds were applied across the NHS and among private providers, reports the BBC. The director of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trusts...

  • Read More

    Over 16,000 mental health referrals for young people have been rejected

    Between July last year and June this year, data from the NHS has found that Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services rejected 5,396 referrals, reports STV News.Over the last three years 16,565...

  • Read More

    New mental health centre to open in Ardwick

    Plans to build a new £6m treatment and recovery centre in Manchester have been revealed. It will be built in Ardwick and be run by Alternative Futures Group, reports the Manchester Evening...

  • Read More

    Research finds more chance of re-offending if mental health issues are present

    Research has found that ex-prisoners with mental health problems and drug and alcohol misuse are more likely to commit violent offences after release than other former prisoners, reports the...

  • Read More

    Drop in the number of people with mental health issues held in cells

    Recent figures have found that the Crisis Care Concordat has seen over 10,000 people receive care from mental health nurses with the support from police officers, reports the Burton Mail.Figures have...

  • Read More

    Mental health social work scheme accepting applications

    100 places are now available for applicants who have a 2:1 or above undergraduate degree and can demonstrate attributes such as resilience and empathy, reports Community Care.The Think Ahead...

Support Solutions 5th National Housing Support & Social Care Conference 2014 Good organisation from beginning to end. Excellent keynote speaker. Relevant and important topics for discussion which were to everyone's advantage within the supported housing sector. B.H - Stevenage Haven

 

Briefing Signup

 
Quick Contact

Quick contact

Close

Contact us

T 0333 332 1991 (Local rate)

E info@supportsolutions.co.uk