Date lodged: 9 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide details of the work that is underway to develop an enhanced national mental health pathway for those coming into contact with justice system who are in mental health crisis or distress, as referred to in its paper, Mental Health Strategy: 2017-2027 - 1st Progress Report, in response to the goal of supporting “efforts through a refreshed Justice Strategy to help improve mental health outcomes for those in the justice system”.
Answered by: Clare Haughey 1 November 2018
The recruitment of staff for the enhanced mental health pathway has begun. In addition, Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service are currently undertaking a call sampling exercise from members of the public. This will inform the development of the pathway model through NHS24 and how those in crisis or distress can be provided with the most appropriate support. The pathway is expected to go live from spring 2019.