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Mental health ‘street triage’ scheme launched in South Bucks

Police & Mental Healthsource: Bucks Free Press
published: 14 September 2015

A new street triage Scheme has been introduced across South Bucks, which aims to offer improved immediate support to those suffering ill mental health who call the police in a crisis state.

Starting from today, a mental health professional will be attending evening incidents with officers between 5pm and 4:30am in the Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks areas in order to offer expert advice and make accurate risk assessments regarding the care of the patient.

Police hope that the scheme will provide an alternative to the use S136 of the Mental Health Act, which gives them the power to detain someone found in a public space, suffering from ill mental health, if they believe them to be a risk to themselves or others.

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