New team aims to prevent custody for people with mental health provlems

Northumbria Police commissioner Vera Baird

Northumbria Police commissioner Vera Baird

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POLICE and health staff are joining forces to try to prevent people on Wearside who are suffering from mental health problems from being locked up.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) and Northumbria Police have created the Street Triage Team, which will operate in Sunderland from Monday.

Bosses say the new service will improve access to mental health services and avoid unnecessary detentions when using section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

 

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