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Mental Health

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps have been taken to increase provision of mental health in-reach teams in prison for those with mental illnesses which are not severe or enduring; (181487)

(2) how much funding is allocated for mental health in-reach teams in prisons in 2007-08.

Since 2005-06, primary care trusts have been allocated £20 million a year for mental health in-reach teams in prisons.

This investment funds 102 mental health in-reach teams, which employ 360 (whole time equivalent) mental health staff.

In addition, this year an additional allocation of £2.5 million was made to further develop mental health services within male and female local prisons in line with guidance set out in the Offender Mental Health Care Pathway, published in 2005 by the Department.