Journal of Medical Ethics 44 (5):349-353 (2018)

Abstract
The interface between mental health services and the criminal justice system presents challenges both for professionals and patients. Both systems are stressed and inherently complex. Section 136 of the Mental Health Act is unusual being both an aspect of the Mental Health Act and a power of arrest. It has a long and controversial history related to concerns about who has been detained and how the section was applied. More recently, Section 136 has had a public profile stemming from the use of police cells as places of safety for young, mentally disturbed individuals. This paper explores the current state of health of this piece of legislation. Specifically, we consider whether alternative approaches are more suitable for those individuals in crisis and/or distress who come into contact with the police. This requires careful thought as to the proper role of both health and criminal justice professionals who are daily grappling with an ethically contentious domain of multiagency work.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1136/medethics-2016-103994
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 71,464
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Mental Health Triage in the ER: A Qualitative Study.Ron W. Coristine, Kathleen Hartford, Evelyn Vingilis & Dawn White - 2007 - Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 13 (2):303-309.
Is Writing Good for Your Mental Health or Is There More to Life?Mary Nettle - 2010 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 17 (3):269-270.
The Role of Public Health in Mental Health.Bernard Dickens - 2011 - Journal of Ethics in Mental Health 6:1-6.
Prison Mental Health Care.Crystal Romilly & Annie Bartlett - 2009 - In Annie Bartlett & Gillian McGauley (eds.), Forensic Mental Health: Concepts, Systems, and Practice. Oxford University Press. pp. 339.
Best Interests and Treatment for Mental Disorder.Phil Fennell - 2008 - Health Care Analysis 16 (3):255-267.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2017-10-25

Total views
20 ( #560,772 of 2,520,783 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #405,623 of 2,520,783 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes