Prisoners: Mental Health Services

Justice written question – answered on 16th July 2008.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements there are to provide therapeutic services for prisoners with mental health problems whose first language is not English.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Psychological therapies are commissioned by primary care trusts (PCTs). When commissioning these services for prisoners, PCTs will assess the needs of their population and, as with all other health provision, consideration will be given as to how services will be delivered to meet the needs of all, including those with mental health problems whose first language is not English. This will be determined locally as part of a PCT's commissioning responsibility.

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