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Section 136 Mental Health Act: Longitudinal Follow-Up Study

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Patrick Keown, Dr Iain McKinnonORCiD


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Section 136 of the Mental Health Act in England and Wales allows police officers to detain an individual who appears to be suffering from mental disorder. They can then be taken to a place of safety in order to be definitively assessed. In recent years concern has been raised about the increasing numbers of individuals detained using this power and what proportion of these cases are detained appropriately. There are a number of possible outcomes for people taken to the place of safety once assessed by mental health clinicians. For the small proportion who go on to be detained in hospital, data is statutorily collected. Clinical data on the others is not routinely collected in a format that makes it suitable for analysis. We report on a longitudinal project which aims to describe the characteristics of all of the people taken to a place of safety in the North East of England, and to see what impact the introduction of police “street triage” has upon the patterns of detention.

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Author(s): Keown P, McKinnon I

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: XXXIVth International Congress on Law and Mental Health

Year of Conference: 2015

Publisher: International Academy of Law and Mental Health