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Effective Practice in Mental Health Diversion and Liaison

NCJ Number
Howard Journal of Criminal Justice Volume: 48 Issue: 2 Dated: May 2009 Pages: 158-171
Frances Pakes; Jane Winstone
Date Published
May 2009
14 pages
This study examined the Bradley Review and introduced the Mental Health Effective Practice Audit Checklist (MHEP-AC) as an effective tool.
In December 2007, Jack Straw, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, released the Lord Bradley Review. This review examined the extent to which offenders with mental health problems or learning disabilities could, in appropriate cases, be diverted from prison to other services and end the barriers to such diversion; at the same time, they could make recommendations to government on the organization of effective court liaison and diversion arrangements, and the services needed to support them. This report has led to renewed interest in the workings of criminal justice diversion and liaison programs; mental health problems in prison are rife and prisons remain ill-equipped to provide quality mental health care. The Bradley Review serves as a catalyst for further development of the programs in existence. Noted is that in the future, all programs in England will be subjected to a version of the tool, the MHEP-AC, which is applied to identify a range of operational strategies, practices, and sustainability, while developing ways of measuring value for money in order to establish current practices while highlighting best practices. References