Police forces trial ‘street triage’ mental health scheme

Police Car rooforiginally by: BBC News
published: 20 August 2013

Five more police forces are to pilot a scheme whereby mental health nurses accompany officers on call-outs, the government has announced. Nurses will join patrols, assist on emergency calls and in control rooms as part of the street triage scheme.

Trials have already been established in Leicestershire and Cleveland.

The new pilots will involve the British Transport Police and the Metropolitan, Thames Valley, West Midlands and West Yorkshire forces. The extension was announced by care and support minister Norman Lamb.

The scheme, funded by the Department of Health and backed by the Home Office, is aimed at improving the way people with mental health problems are treated during emergencies.

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