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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