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Prisons: Mental Health

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 28 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many mental health in-reach teams operate within the Prison Service; (129927)

(2) how many prisons have dedicated mental health teams.

Responsibility for prison healthcare services now rests with the Department of Health.

There are currently 102 mental health in-reach teams working within prisons. Every prison establishment in England and Wales has access to these services.

Mental health services have been a key part of the Government's recent reforms of prison health services and the Department of Health is now investing £20 million a year in NHS mental health in-reach services for prisoners.