The Policing and Crime Bill 2015-16 has its Second Reading in the House of Commons on Monday 7th March. This is important legislation for people with mental health problems, as the Bill makes changes to the Mental Health Act 1983.
The Mental Health Act 1983 is one of the few pieces of legislation that allows people to be deprived of their liberty when they have not committed, or are not suspected of having committed, a crime. Sections 135 and 136 are used for the purposes of completing a mental health assessment, to determine whether a person meets the criteria to be sectioned.
Watch Mike Penning MP, the Minister for Policing, commit to reduce the use of police cells for people with mental health problems:
Read Mind's latest briefing.