Turning Point responds to announcement of extra funding for mental health professionals to work with police stations and courts

News item posted: 17 March 2017

An extra £25 million of funding for mental health nurses and other mental health professionals to work with police stations and courts has been announced by the Government.

In response to this Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point and Chair of the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing, said;

"The announcement that the Department of Health is making funding available for mental health nurses and other mental health professionals to work with police stations and courts is hugely welcome.

"In the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing report one of the key recommendations was that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and its NHS partners should immediately implement the Bradley Report recommendations so that all police custody suites should have access to liaison and diversion services. We are pleased that progress is being made through the investment in London, as well as 10 other areas across the country. This should bring significant benefits to those with mental health issues in the justice system but will require all parts of the system to work together around the individual to guarantee success."

Selina Douglas, Managing Director for Substance Misuse and Offending at Turning Point, said;

"Turning Point works with individuals who have substance misuse and mental health issues as well as those with learning disabilities. From our experience of working with these groups we know that people often enter the criminal justice system without getting the health and social care related support they need."

"It is imperative that there are stronger links between health and justice services on the frontline. Integration and joint working are improving and the Diversion and Liaison pilots outlined by the Department of Health are certainly another step in the right direction. Our hope is that, along with the continuing work of DIP services, this investment will ensure that people's needs are identified earlier and the appropriate support made immediately available to those who need it."