Beyond Places of Safety scheme – background

On the 9th of January this year, the Prime Minister announced that the Department of Health would run a further grants scheme for improving the provision of services for those who are vulnerable to a mental health crisis. This follows on from the Improving Places of Safety scheme run over 2015/16 and 2016/17 which aimed to improve health-based ‘places of safety’ for those experiencing a crisis, in order to ensure that fewer vulnerable people ended up in a police cell following detention under the Mental Health Act. Since 2012, the number of people being detained in police cells under the Mental Health Act has fallen by 80%. The formation of the Crisis Care Concordat in 2014 was central to this improvement, and this additional investment of £15m will help continue this positive trend.

The new scheme is entitled Beyond Places of Safety to reflect the fact that its aims are broader than the previous scheme. As well as helping improve the provision of health-based Places of Safety for those detained under S135 and S136 of the Mental Health Act, applications can also be made to improve services for people who are vulnerable to or recovering from a mental health crisis.

Bidding for the Beyond Places of Safety grants scheme has now closed. The Department of Health is grateful to organisations who have taken an interest in the scheme.  Awards will be announced over the coming months.

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