Community outreach, police and court liaison is the process which identifies offenders as having mental health problems and if necessary, are provided with mental health treatment and care.

Police and Court Liaison

Our liaison and diversion service is available to Bromley, Plumstead and Bexley Police stations. A dedicated Criminal Justice and Liaison Team provide a screening and assessment service 5 days a week, Monday to Friday, this is a nurse led service. In addition there is a psychiatric assessment service at Bromley Magistrates Court 2 days a week. This is attended by a forensic psychiatrist and a forensic mental health practitioner.

Concerns about people with serious mental disorders ending up in prison have, over the last two decades, prompted measures to identify mentally disordered offenders and make it easier for them to access appropriate health and social care. Both the police and court liaison service aim to identify vulnerable offenders. A plan will be formulated in conjunction with the relevant police custody or court personnel and, if necessary, the following interventions may occur:

  • signposting to their GP
  • signposting to local mental health services
  • signposting to specialist services (eg substance misuse)
  • referral for Mental Health Act assessment which may result in admission to hospital
  • liaison with prison in-reach teams.

Who can refer?

  • custody sergeant
  • the arresting officer in conjunction with custody sergeant
  • forensic medical examiner (FME) following assessment
  • any other police custody personnel who has concerns about an individual’s mental health, in conjunction with the custody sergeant
  • local mental heath teams.

What will happen at the screening

Each individual referred to the team will have a mental health screening.

This will include an assessment of:

  • mental health
  • pathway to care
  • level of risk

Community Forensic Outreach

Community Forensic Outreach is an after care service available to patients discharged from the Bracton Centre and covers the boroughs of Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich. It is primarily for patients who require a specialist forensic package of aftercare and usually subject to monitoring by the Ministry of Justice following a conditional discharge under 37/41 Mental Health Act. A robust risk management plan is delivered within the framework of the CPA. The overall aim is to integrate patients successfully back into local services when the risks are considered to be manageable.

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