Anthony Stansfeld supports Mental Health Concordat
he Department of Health yesterday (18/02) published a Mental Health Concordat setting out high level national principles agreed across a range of national agencies to improve the treatment of those in mental health crisis.
The Concordat has been signed by a number of agencies including the Association of Police and Crime Commissioner’s (APCC) on behalf of all Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs).
The PCC for Thames Valley will be supporting the Concordat locally.
Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley said: “I feel it is important that all agencies work closely together to improve the care of people in mental health crisis which is why I am delighted to support the Mental Health Concordat.
“It has long been recognised by Thames Valley Criminal Justice agencies that there is a need for earlier intervention and support for people with mental health needs, and more joined up approaches with Health and Social Care to provide the services and level of support required.
“There is already a considerable amount of work happening in the Thames Valley including the Custody Intervention Program, which I fund, to identify, assess and refer those brought into custody for mental health problems or learning difficulties.
“I am also in the process of reviewing the mental health implications that being a victim of crime can have, and I intend to make sure that funding is directed into supporting the needs of victims experiencing significant long-term harm to help them to recover from their experiences, especially for young people who have been victims of crime.”
The ‘Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat’ can be found below: