Turning Point Supports Plans to Expand Diversion Schemes for Prisoners with Mental Health Issues

News item posted: 19 June 2017

Leading health and social care organisation, Turning Point supports the commitment to set up a national liaison and diversion service for offenders with mental health issues by 2014, to be announced by Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley and the Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke at the WI's 'Care not Custody' reception today.

Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point said:

"The high rates of mental health issues amongst prisoners suggest that the Prison Service has become a catch-all social and mental healthcare service, as well as a breeding ground for poor mental health. 

"Research has shown that investing in diversion now will make huge financial savings in the long term, improving mental health and reducing reoffending.  However, there is still a great deal more work to be done before Lord Bradley's recommendations are fully implemented.  The £5m which has now been announced is a long called for step in the right direction and it is our hope that the money will go towards funding the innovative solutions that are already in existence."