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Worrying Restrictions in Access to Mental Health Crisis Units

posted 25 Apr 2014, 11:15 by Damian Wood   [ updated 25 Apr 2014, 11:17 ]
The Care Quality Commission has produced an on-line map which demonstrates considerable variation in access to section 136 suites across England. Young people (and adults) detained by the police under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act must be taken to a section 136 suite for assessment. This is used instead of a police custody suite and allows urgent mental health assessment of a young person in crisis. The suites are often co-located with emergency or acute care services however more than 20% of county or municipal borough areas areas are not served by a section 136 that accepts young people under the age of 16 years. Even when areas have a section 136 suite which ostensibly accepts young people there can be barriers to access. Paul Lelliott, Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospital,  said the recent Crisis Care Concordant stated a health based place of safety should be available for young people experiencing a mental health crisis.