Date lodged: 23 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how it supports prisoners on remand who have mental health issues, including how it ensures that they are receiving appropriate treatment.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 5 June 2018
Every person entering prison is assessed by an NHS health care professional on admission. Those who are identified as having complex mental health issues have access to the multi-disciplinary mental health teams that work in prisons. Addressing mental health needs also requires the participation of Prison Officers, as they have more frequent contact with prisoners, and the SPS ensures that staff have access to relevant training.