All primary care trusts should set up teams to divert mentally ill offenders from prison

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 23 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b795
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    An England wide network of multidisciplinary teams to divert offenders with mental health problems from prison and provide treatment and support in the community will more than pay for itself in savings for the public purse, a report from a leading mental health charity has concluded.

    The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health reviewed the literature on the subject in the United Kingdom and abroad, made site visits to 16 diversion projects in England, and analysed value for money using the evidence gathered. It recommends that a diversion and liaison team for people with mental health problems who come into contact with the criminal justice system …

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