Wednesday, 3 December 2014

More mental health teams to be based at police stations and courts

More mental health teams to be based at police stations and courts Another thirteen trial schemes are to launch in April 2015 to place mental health professionals in police stations and courts. These schemes aim to ensure people who come into the criminal justice system with mental health conditions, learning disabilities and other vulnerabilities are recognised and are promptly referred into health and other services to get the treatment or support they need.

These new schemes, called Liaison and Diversion (L&D) will join the existing ten areas that have been taking part in a two year trial that began in April 2014, to join up police and courts with mental health services. This will mean half of the English population will be covered by such schemes from April 2015. The model will be independently evaluated to inform a business case for services to cover all of the English population by 2017/18.

By identifying someone brought into a police station or involved in court proceedings who may have a mental health problem or other vulnerabilities, L&D schemes can ensure an individual is supported through the criminal justice system and into the right mental health or social care service. It can also help the police and courts to do their jobs by providing up-to-date information on a person’s state of mind; as well as benefit the individual’s health, contribute to a reduction in re-offending, and reduce the likelihood that the individual will reach crisis-point.

For many offenders who have a mental health issue or vulnerability, prison can make their situation worse. Nearly half of all prisoners have anxiety or depression, and nearly a third of all 13-18 year old who offend have a mental health issue.

The new model has already seen over 8,400 children, young people and adults come through the service while going through the justice process.

The new L&D schemes are now delivering a service to everyone who needs it regardless of their age. Services are available 24/7 and ensure that across the trial areas they will be provided with the same level of care and service.

The thirteen additional schemes will be:
  • Northamptonshire Criminal Justice Team whole of Northamptonshire

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One fifth of young adults reported taking illicit drugs last year

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HIV evolving into less deadly form

HIV evolving into less deadly form “HIV is evolving to become less deadly and less infectious,” BBC News reports.

A new study showed that HIV adapts to a person’s immune system, and that some of these adaptations may reduce the virulence of the virus.

The research team looked specifically at HIV in Botswana and South Africa. It found that over time, human immune system proteins, in addition to the use of HIV drugs, may have forced the virus to change into less virulent forms.

This is consistent with the theory that viruses get less virulent over time. The optimal evolutionary strategy for a virus is to be infectious (so it creates more copies of itself) but non-lethal (so its host population doesn’t die out). The "poster boy" for successful long-living viruses is, arguably, the family of viruses that cause the common cold, which has existed for thousands of years.

The authors warn that HIV, even at the reduced virulence, can still trigger the onset of AIDS.

Similarly, this study does not show that HIV virulence in the UK is decreasing, and that the virus remains life-threatening.

Women with mental illness miss out on breast cancer screening

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Autumn Statement: Cameron WILL have to cut NHS spending, warns senior Tory

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