Mental Health Services: Prisons

Department of Health written question – answered on 6th July 2017.

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Photo of Teresa Pearce Teresa Pearce Labour, Erith and Thamesmead

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support is available for prisoners with mental health issues.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Health services for people in prison are commissioned by NHS England.

Currently mental health services are delivered against a service specification which supports early assessment and management into treatment pathways.

People with low to medium level mental health needs can access short form talking therapies as part of services in the stepped care pathway model. Specialist and psychological services are commissioned to support people with more severe and enduring mental health need.

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