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Prisons: Mental Health Services

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the additional cost per prison placement of treating in prison a prisoner with a severe psychiatric disorder. (240745)

I have been asked to reply.

No estimate has been made. A person whose mental illness is too severe to justify their remaining in prison is transferred to national health service secure services. All mental health services within prisons have now been mainstreamed with the NHS, and it is the responsibility of the relevant primary care trust to commission these services.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what training is provided for prison officers who deal with offenders with severe psychotic disorders; and what the cost of such training was in the latest period for which figures are available. (240747)

I have been asked to reply.

Over £600,000 funding has been available over three years to provide mental health awareness training for prison officers and staff. This funding is available for 2008-09 and will continue to provide staff with training and the skills to better understand and support prisoners with mental health problems in custody.