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Police powers and the mental health act - still time to have your say

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There’s still time to give your views on the government review of legislation on how police support people experiencing mental health crises.

This review is designed to clarify and improve crisis care for people detained under Sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act (1983).

Help us make this legislation work in the best interests of those detained under the Mental Health Act

Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships Jon Rouse has already encouraged participation in his blog. We recommend you read his powerful endorsement and rationale.

The online survey will close  Tuesday 3 June 2014.

Please take the time to give your views by completing the survey and sharing it with your networks and colleagues. Whether your views are personal, political, first hand or anecdotal, we  want to hear from anyone who may be working with - or affected by - this legislation. Thank you!


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  1. Comment by termite posted on

    If the care mental health patients needed was readily available, there wouldn't be the need to use police powers.

    MH patients are failed by the system, when you are unwell you can make an appointment with your GP and be seen, when you are mentally unwell, it is the psychiatrist that decides if he / she wants to see you, usually many weeks ahead, which is no use in a crisis!

    Psychiatrist appointments should be bookable in exactly the same way that GP appointments are made.