The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) would like to invite you to a visioning day about early interventions in the criminal justice system for those with mental health issues. This will feature short presentations covering the current evidence regarding early interventions, examples of local innovative practice, and the current commissioning arrangements in West Yorkshire. The aims will be to:
- Identify the main gaps and barriers to service provision.
- Identify opportunities for collaboration across organisations and sectors.
- Agree the preferred format and forum to take these issue forward in West Yorkshire.
This follows a scoping exercise undertaken by the office of the PCC to identify key issues in addressing early mental health interventions, namely:
- Mapping West Yorkshire CJS pathways with respect to mental health, and identify gaps in service/commissioning.
- Training for front line officers and other CJS staff in dealing with those with mental health issues.
- Reducing the use of section 136 and increasing ‘safe place’ options within the NHS and community.
- Referral to appropriate treatment and support for those with lower level mental health issues (that go under the threshold for admission).
- Information exchange between West Yorkshire Police, the NHS, social care and other relevant agencies (for dealing with acute issues and intelligence gathering).
- Increasing the number of trained mental health staff working within the CJS.
The event will be jointly led by the Police and Crime Commissioner Office and the Centre for Mental Health.
The event will take place in Wakefield Central (venue not confirmed) 10-3pm, 3rd December.
Please respond to Toby firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending.