Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

PS400k for Mental Health Services

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

PS400k for Mental Health Services

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Byline: Toni Guillot Reporter toni.guillot@eveninggazette.co.uk

MENTAL health nurses will be posted in police stations and courts in Middlesbrough from this month after funding for a pilot scheme was confirmed.

Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust has received PS400,000 in extra Government funding to support more people with mental health conditions, learning disabilities and other vulnerabilities as they go through the criminal justice system.

The cash from NHS England will enable health staff working in police stations, magistrates and youth courts in Teesside to extend their working hours, help new groups of people and create a adult and youth service.

Head of Commissioning Health and Justice for NHS England North East, Julie Dhuny, said: "There are well-documented high levels of health and care needs within youth and adult offenders. By addressing people's mental health, learning disability, substance misuse and other vulnerabilities at the first opportunity, we will be able to improve health outcomes while contributing to reductions in future arrests and in the use of police and court time.

"We will continue to work closely with our practitioners and key partners to ensure that all opportunities are seized and we deliver practical, intelligent and innovative approaches to managing the complex needs of those in contact with the criminal justice system. …

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