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Mental Health Patients Held

Question

For the years 2015 and 2014 please outline the number of mental health patients kept in police custody, under the mental health act, because of a lack of suitable provision for their care. For each, please outline how long they were held past the government stipulated time.

Answer

Please find the information in the table below. Please note we have interpreted the government stipulated time to be 24 hours. 

Year

Number of detentions

Number held over 24 hours

2014

205

6

2015

258

6

Avon and Somerset Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner announced they will be working with Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to reduce the use of police custody cells as a place of safety for people in mental health crisis.

 www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/News-and-Events/News-Archive/2016/Feb/A-new-partnership-approach-in-Avon-and-Somerset-to-improve-support-for-mental-health-crisis.aspx

We hope you find the link useful.

FOI Reference: 121/16