Essex Health & Justice Service

The Department of Health announced on 4 January 2014 that an extra £25 million of funding for mental health nurses and other mental health professionals to work with police stations and courts so that people with mental health conditions and substance misuse problems get the right treatment as quickly as possible with the aim to help reduce re-offending.

The Essex Health & Justice Service at The Trust have been selected to be one of ten national pilot sites to implement the new model of Liaison and Diversion and are working closely with NHS England, Department of Health and Ministry of Justice to ensure the service delivers the model to a high standard.

The Essex Health & Justice Service provide a service for people aged 10 years and over who are in the criminal justice system and have been identified as having mental health problems, learning disabilities or difficulties, cognitive disorder, substance misuse and other vulnerabilities. This extends to police stations, the courts, prisons and the probation service.

The teams provide a comprehensive service including:

  • screening people within the criminal justice system at the earliest opportunity and ensuring that their needs are met in the best setting, be it hospital, community or custody;
  • providing one point of access for criminal justice agencies to request information and advice, or assessment of people who appear to present symptoms of mental health or have a history of mental health problems;
  • act as a conduit for individuals who are due for release from prison to ensure appropriate referral on to mental health services;
  • attending multi-agency public protection meetings to assist in the management of complex cases;
  • providing training on mental health to criminal justice agencies;
  • providing information to offender managers to inform pre- sentence reports and enable appropriate disposals from court.

Where service is based

Essex Health & Justice Service
C & E Centre
New London Road
Chelmsford
Essex CM2 0QH

How to contact service

Tel: 01245 315121/22

How to access service

Referrals can be made by the Crown Prosecution Service, inpatient services, primary and secondary care services, the police, prison, probation and court, social services, solicitors, voluntary agencies and youth offending teams.