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Criminal Justice Settings and Mental Health Problems Written Answer, 21/01/15 [S]

Written answer given in response to Richard Simpson's (Lab) question asking the Scottish Government how many (a) adults and (b) children in prison or other criminal justice settings have (i) mental health problems and (ii) learning difficulties.

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson replied that the Scottish Government does not hold national data on the numbers of adults and young people within prison and criminal justice settings in Scotland who have mental health problems and learning difficulties.

Mental health services, and the recording of this information, transferred from the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) to the NHS in 2011 as part of the national transfer of responsibility for health care services for prisoners. Any information relating to these services in prisons should therefore be requested from each local health board.

On reception at all prisons and Polmont Young Offenders Institution, all admissions undergo a healthcare screening, followed by a medical assessment within 24 hours. Those identified with mental
health issues are referred for appropriate support, including the multi-disciplinary mental health team. Additionally, on admission all prisoners are assessed as part of the Suicide Risk Management Strategy (Act 2 Care) to assess the individualís risk of suicide or self-harm. If necessary a care plan will be formulated to meet the individualís needs.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 21 January 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 21 January 2015