source: 4WardEver UK
published: 1 April 2016
Street Triage schemes in Leicestershire and Cleveland were initially established on a trial basis, both for approximately a year, and tested a new kind of service in which health professionals worked in close liaison with and supported police officers in responding to suspected mental health problems that presented in public places.
Both schemes reported some early evidence of success.
As a result, in 2013 the DH invested £2 million to explore the possibility of other local areas using the approaches developed in Leicestershire and Cleveland. Nine pilot areas were selected, based on a number of considerations, such as geographic spread, a mix of urban and rural settings, and current performance on the numbers of people being taken to police custody under section 136 (s136) of the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA). The pilots each ran for 12 months, the first starting in Sussex in October 2013.
Street Triage involves a joint mental health service and policing approach to crisis care. Based on locally agreed protocols, Street Triage aims to support access to appropriate crisis care, to provide more timely access to other health, social care and third sector services, and to reduce the use of police cells as places of safety for s136 detentions.