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The Impact of Street Triage in the North East of England

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Iain McKinnonORCiD


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Background: Police detentions under section 136 (S136) have risen significantly in recent years. To address this Street Triage was introduced as part of the Crisis Care Concordat. It involves police officers working alongside mental health clinicians. Method: The number of Street Triage contacts and S136 detentions for the six localities in NTW was gathered from September 2013 – October 2015, and rates calculated. Changes in the rate and numbers of S136 detentions were measured over the first year of Street Triage and compared to pre Street Triage levels. More detailed outcome data was obtained from one locality. Results: The annual rate of S136 detentions reduced by 56% in the first year of Street Triage (from 59.8 per 100,000 population to 26.4 per 100,000). There were 1,623 Street Triage contacts in the three localities during the first year of Street Triage; there were also 403 fewer S136 detentions (NNT=4). Conclusions: There is evidence to support the hypothesis that Street Triage decreases the rate of s136 detention. When operating across the whole of NTW, Street Triage resulted in 50 fewer S136 detentions a month, leading to substantial potential savings of police, health and social care professionals’ time.

Publication metadata

Author(s): McKinnon I

Editor(s): Weisstub,DN;Lesch,OM;Zima,T;

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: XXXVth International Congress on Law and Mental Health

Year of Conference: 2017

Acceptance date: 26/05/2016