Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Commissioner Welcomes Mental Health Concordat

Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed a multi-agency mental health agreement launched today.

The Mental Health Concordat, which commits signatories to work together to improve the system of care and support for those with mental health problems, has been signed by multiple organisations, including police and crime commissioners.

Sir Graham said: “I have always said that I want to see partner agencies working much more closely together to ensure people with mental health problems receive the right care, at the right time and in the right place.

“I very much welcome this agreement which acknowledges this is a national concern that impacts on many individuals and organisations in very complex ways. Police and crime commissioners have taken an active role in taking this forward with partners and I am delighted that so many others have signed up.

“I will continue to work tirelessly to promote a more joined up approach both locally and nationally.”

This Concordat is a shared agreed statement signed by senor representatives from all the agencies involved. It covers what needs to happen when people in mental health crisis need help – in policy making and spending decisions, in anticipating and preventing mental health crises wherever possible, and in making sure effective emergency response systems work in localities when a crisis does occur. In addition to the police, the Concordat is signed by government departments and representatives of health and children’s services.

More information is available here