Mental health in prison Contents




1 Understanding the need for mental healthcare in prisons

Shortage of data

Work being done to quantify the nature and extent of mental illness and other vulnerabilities amongst prisoners

Existing research and estimates

Adequacy of prison mental healthcare services

2 Commissioning prison mental healthcare services and models of care

Commissioning mental healthcare services

Models of care

Integrated care

Whole prison approaches

3 Mental illness in prison

Community sentences for those with mental health problems

Mental health screening on arrival in prison

Identification of mental health problems that arise in prison

Effect of the covid-19 pandemic

Transfers to secure hospital settings for prisoners with acute mental illness

Joining up services on arrival at and departure from prison

4 Use of prison to accommodate mentally ill people because community care is not available

‘Place of safety’ under the Mental Health Act

Remands under the Bail Act

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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