£1m scheme to support offenders in the system

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MONEY has become available to enable more offenders who may need mental health help access services.

Portsmouth is due to get £1m as part of the Liaison and Diversion (L&D) scheme, which will be launched in April next year.

It will put health professionals in police custody suites and courtrooms in an effort to spot people with learning disabilities, mental health or drug problems earlier, and make sure they have the right support and treatment.

It will be delivered by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and Solent NHS Trust, which already provide specialist health services in Hampshire.

It’s hoped the scheme will reduce the number of people who receive sentences, when they should be receiving care.

As well as health problems, the L&D team will also identify people’s housing, social care and educational needs.

It is being funded by NHS England and will help both young people and adults in police stations, custody suites, youth offending teams, magistrates’ and crown courts.