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Dorset's PCC Welcomes Funding For Mental Health Nurses

PCC Martyn Underhill

7:57am 8th January 2014

Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed news of extra funding for mental health nurses at stations across the county.

A share of £25 million will pay for support services ensuring people with mental health and substance misuse problems get the right treatment at stations and in court.

The money comes from central Government.

Dorset PSS Martyn Undderhill told us;

"Experts hope the focus on supporting offenders with issues will reduce re-offending. They also say the majority of people who end up in prison have a mental health problem, a substance misuse problem or a learning disability and one in four has a severe mental health illness, such as depression of psychosis.

The money will be invested over the next year in joining up police and courts with mental health and other services so people get the treatment they need at the earliest possible stage."

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