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West Yorkshire Police selected for mental health project
6:08pm Monday 19th August 2013 in News
West Yorkshire Police is one of five forces to have been chosen to join a pilot scheme aimed at improving the way people with mental health problems are treated during emergencies.
The street triage scheme sees mental health nurses accompany officers to incidents where police believe people need immediate mental health support. The aim is to ensure that people get the medical attention they need as quickly as possible.
Initial reports from established street triage schemes in Leicestershire and Cleveland show that it can help to keep people out of custodial settings and reduce the demands on valuable police time.
As part of the scheme, mental health nurses will support police officers while they are out on patrol assist officers when they are responding to emergency calls, and give advice to staff in police control rooms.
The five police forces the Department of Health will now be working with include West Yorkshire Police and British Transport Police.
The North Yorkshire force had already been selected as a pilot.
Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said: “Ve know that some police forces are already doing an extremely good job of handling circumstances involving mentally ill people but we want this to be the reality everywhere.”