NICE address mental health within the criminal justice system
All staff working within the criminal justice system should receive training to recognise and respond to mental health problems, says NICE.
New draft guidance seeks to improve the assessment, treatment and prevention of mental health problems in adults.
Recent figures show that 39% of offenders supervised by probation services, and up to 90% of prisoners have some form of mental health problem.
When the guideline is finalised, it will apply to anyone who comes into contact with the English criminal justice system, including time spent serving a community or prison sentence, and any probationary periods.
The consultation for this draft guidance is now open and will run until 18 November 2016.