New community criminal justice service

Joint local authority and Department of Health funding has recently made it possible for mental health services to be made more available to offenders with mental health problems in the community.

New community criminal justice service
16 May 2012

Joint local authority and Department of Health funding has recently made it possible for mental health services to be made more available to offenders with mental health problems in the community.

The funding means that CPFT will have nurses and peer support workers based in Integrated Offender Management (IOM) teams in Peterborough and north and south Cambridgeshire. The IOM teams are a new partnership between the police, probation and Criminal Justice Drug treatment Services which work together closely to provide intensive support for the most prolific offenders in the community.

It is well known that there is a high prevalence of mental health problems among persistent offenders and that these individuals rarely engage in a useful way with mental health services: typically they will be referred repeatedly but then will not engage unless they are detainable under the Mental Health Act.

The new pilot ‘Mental Health Pathfinder Service’ will help ensure that all offenders who are on the IOM programme will receive appropriate mental health screening and those who are identified as in need of services will also be given as much help as they need to engage with the right team.

This pilot project will be thoroughly evaluated and it is hoped that ongoing funding will be made available if it proves successful.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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