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Criminal Justice

Mental health and criminal justice

Important new report from the Centre for Mental Health found primary mental health care remains the weakest element of mental health support within
prisons.

Alcohol & Drugs

Can LSD help with mental health issues?

We have already seen some people use “designer drugs” such as to aid mental performance, now we may see a wave of medical research activity examining how LSD and other substances can help tackle some of the most common mental health problems including drug addiction itself.

Prison

Improving the mental health of prisoners

Issues ranged from poor monitoring of compliance with medication and lack of encouragement to take prescribed drugs, to inappropriate care plans which were not reviewed and updated.

Criminal Justice

PCCs spotlight better mental health practice

The election of a Conservative government means that PCCs are here to stay (Labour would have abolished them), and there is much to learn from how the first generation of PCCs have approached these challenging partnership issues, and used their role to help improve responses in their area. Given the current state of crisis in the police, probation and prison services, the leadership of PCCs may turn out to be critical and there is real value in this briefing series which points the way forward, instead of merely identifying problems.

Alcohol & Drugs

Substance misuse and mental health in prison

Bradley found that mental health and substance misuse services in prisons did not work well together and that this situation did not improve in the five years between his two reports. RAPt’s experience is that only the minority of inmates with acute mental health problems currently receive treatment in prison, with the majority having to cope with their problems in a hostile prison environment without dedicated support.

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