Mental health network

Mental health and policing improving crisis care

26 / 01 / 2015

This joint briefing by the Mental Health Network (MHN) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) highlights emerging good practice to deliver improved care for people in mental health crisis. It demonstrates our organisations’ commitment to the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat (‘the Concordat’).

Key points
  • Too many people in mental health crisis have been detained in police custody when they need urgent mental healthcare instead.
  • People with mental health problems are up to ten times more likely to become victims of crime than the general population.
  • Close partnership working can prevent a crisis escalating and significantly improve an individual’s wellbeing and recovery.
  • The police and mental health providers need to clearly understand each other’s legal powers, roles and responsibilities.
  • Triage models should be locally determined according to context and need.
  • More work is needed to support multi-agency information sharing.
  • NHS commissioners need to work with providers to ensure that there are enough health-based places of safety.
  • NHS commissioners should ensure that sufficient services are in place for 24/7 provision to meet local need.

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