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Prisoners: Mental Health

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prisons and (b) young offenders’ institutions receive funding for community mental health and reach teams to provide services for prisoners with severe mental health problems. (171983)

Since April 2006, commissioning responsibility for prison health services has been fully devolved to the national health service.

Funding for health services, including mental health in-reach, is therefore allocated to those primary care trusts which contain prisons in their areas.

In total, 102 mental health in-reach teams operate within prisons, including young offenders institutions, and their services are available across the entire prison estate. Since 2005-06, £20 million has been invested in these services each year.