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York Police To Get New Facilities For People With Mental Health Conditions


1:32pm 5th July 2013

North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, has today welcomed the decision by some of Yorkshire’s GPs to invest in Section 136 facilities in York. 

The new Section 136 site, which will be at Bootham Hospital in York, will revolutionise how the police service in North Yorkshire can work with their health colleagues to support those with mental health conditions that require emergency care.

In 2012, the York area accounted for 57% of the total number of people detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.  In the first three months of 2013, this figure rose to 62%. 

Planned facilities for York will now mean victims of mental health conditions who are subject to Section 136 provision will be treated in a hospital quickly, and by health professionals, rather than being held in police cells for sometimes up to 24 hours without the necessary care, say North Yorkshire Police.

Commissioner Mulligan, speaking about today’s news, said, “Ensuring North Yorkshire has a health based place of safety has been a top priority for me since being elected in November.  I have personally discussed this with the Home Secretary and have been working with the Home Office, police colleagues, doctors and the NHS locally to help bring this service about.”

“Putting people first is at the heart of my police and crime plan, and when delivered, the new place of safety will help ensure mental health victims in York get the essential support they need.  I understand the facilities should be in place by the end of the year.”

“It is disgraceful that North Yorkshire is the only place in the country currently not to have such a vital facility.  I am therefore very pleased that together GPs and the NHS have finally committed to do the right thing in providing this help for very vulnerable people; many of whom are currently exposed to unacceptable levels of risk and distress."

Chief Constable Dave Jones, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “This move is a significant step towards improving the essential help and support available to people with mental health issues who come into contact with the police in our area.

“We will continue to work closely with partners in the health service towards providing ‘places of safety’ in other parts of the county as a matter of priority.”  

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