mental health detention

Theresa May announces funding to end police detention of mentally ill

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has pledged up to £15 million of extra funding for health-based alternatives to prevent the police detention of people who are mentally ill, The Guardian reports.

The pledge was made at the Police Federation's annual conference on Wednesday, and also included a proposed ban on detaining children with mental health problems in police cells.

MPs call for end to detention of mentally ill people in police cells

A report by the Home Affairs Select Committee has called for an end to the detention of people sectioned under the Mental Health Act in police cells, reports BBC News. Over 6,000 adults and 200 children with mental health problems were held in police cells in England and Wales last year due to a shortage of NHS spaces. Two of the eleven people who died in police custody in 2013/14 were being detained under the Mental Health Act. 

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