source: The Guardian
published: 5 August 2015
The home secretary’s announcement of an independent inquiry into police deaths in custody has significant implications for black Britain.
Even though there isn’t a higher prevalence of mental illness among this group, people from the UK’s African Caribbean communities in particular are 50% more likely to be subject to detention under the Mental Health Act via police referrals than their white counterparts.
Theresa May highlighted, in her speech in Brixton last month, that this has resulted in too many tragic and preventable fatalities in police custody of those who have been failed by mental health services.
This new independent inquiry could reform the way mental health care is delivered and has significant implications for clinical commissioning groups’ (CCGs) 2016/17 commissioning intentions and mental health providers as, for the first time, alternatives to statutory health detention will need to be prioritised.