Met launch mental health scheme in stations and courts

Mental health teams will be placed in police stations and courts across north east London under a new pilot scheme designed to cut reoffending.

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Mental health plan 'will help cut reoffending'

Plans to base mental health teams in police stations and courts in north east London will help cut reoffending and reduce health inequalities, a doctor for NHS England said.

Dr Alison Frater, Head of Public Health and Health in the Justice System at NHS England in London, said:

People with mental health issues and other vulnerabilities who come into contact with the youth and adult justice systems often don’t get the support and treatment they need and even when they do, it doesn’t happen very quickly.

This pilot will help ensure individuals can get the right help in a timely manner, so we can cut health inequalities, improve physical and mental health, reduce crime and re-offending, and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system.

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Met launch mental health scheme in stations and courts

Mental health teams will be placed in police stations and courts across north east London under a new pilot scheme designed to cut reoffending.

ITV London News' Ronke Phillips was at the launch of the scheme. Credit: ITV News/Ronke Phillips

Police said the initiative will reach more than 2.5 million people at seven courts and 13 custody suites and would ensure vulnerable adults and young people can be assessed at an early stage.

Evidence shows that a third of young people who have committed offences have mental health needs, and a fifth have a learning disability.

Officers said they hoped the scheme would enable people to get the help they need as well as reducing the burden on police and the courts.

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