Every year, one in four people will experience a mental health problem, with higher levels of mental illness experienced by those within the criminal justice system.
Nationally, the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat – improving outcomes for people experiencing mental health crisis –is a commitment to: ‘work together to improve the system of care and support so people in crisis because of a mental health condition are kept safe and helped to find the support they need, whatever the circumstances in which they first need help and whichever service they turn to first.’
In Norfolk, a substantial amount of police time (estimated at 40%) is spent responding to people with mental health problems so reducing demand on policing resources is a key priority for your PCC.
Recognising the impact that they can have on crime levels in the county, alcohol and substance misuse is another priority area identified.
The PCC’s Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol Coordinator plays a key role in coordinating partnership activity in Norfolk to improve support for people with mental health issues and/or drug and alcohol problems to reduce offending and victimisation. She works with the county’s Mental Health Concordat Board and monitors projects and services commissioned by the PCC to ensure desired outcomes are being achieved.
Those desired outcomes include:
Based on a Needs Assessment for Norfolk, the following commissioning intentions have been agreed in order to meet these outcomes:
Full details of the size of grant and the source of the funding, along with associated timescales, are available in the PCC’s Commissioning Intentions Table for Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol (PDF, 137.0 KB).
41 Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were elected across England and Wales on the 15 November 2012. When the elected PCCs took office on the 22 November 2012 they became responsible for a combined budget of £8 billion.
PCCs aim to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area. Their role is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account, effectively making them answerable to the communities they serve.