A new North Yorkshire liaison and diversion service that supports those going through the criminal justice system who require support due to mental health or learning disability, drug and alcohol addictions and wider health and social vulnerabilities was officially launched recently by the rt hon Lord Bradley
The service, which offers mental health assessment, advice and support, is operated in partnership by TEWV, Humankind and Spectrum Community Health CIC.
Liaison and diversion services aim to improve health outcomes of individuals going through the criminal justice system, by identifying vulnerabilities early and ensuring the right support is put in place for people. Through appropriate support measures or people being directed to alternative appropriate services, liaison and diversion services also aims to reduce re-offending.
The North Yorkshire liaison and diversion launch event was attended by over 100 people from all over North Yorkshire, including representatives from NHS England, North Yorkshire Police, Local authorities and the voluntary sector. The event included various speakers, including the rt hon Lord Bradley, who gave an overview of how far provision had come since the 2009 Bradley Report.
Commenting on the introduction of the North Yorkshire service rt hon Lord Bradley said “I’m delighted that this new service for North Yorkshire has now been launched as we approach 100% coverage of the country for such services. I was impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment of the new staff and look forward to supporting them in the future.”
Helen Marriott, health and justice community services manager for TEWV added “Our existing liaison and diversion services in other areas of our Trust work really well and have made a significant difference for those going through the criminal justice system that have mental health or learning disability needs. We are sure that the North Yorkshire service will have an equal impact for people in the local area.”