Criminal Justice Teams and Resources

Criminal Justice Teams were previously referred to as MDO (Mentally Disordered Offenders) Services. Over the years criminal justice liaison teams have developed and are present within all mental health trusts, serving their local areas to identify and divert as appropriate those individuals who have been accused of crime but who are felt to be exhibiting mental illness.

This work is undertaken in a variety of approaches including police mental health diversion panels, police custody screening, work within local magistrates' courts and links to probation services.

There are criminal justice liaison teams present within Bolton, Salford, Trafford and Manchester, all within the GMMH trust footprint.

You will find a description of the services offered within each of the directorates and relevant contact details below.

Bolton MDO

Bolton Mental Health Criminal Justice Team provides the mental health liaison and diversion service within Bolton.

Staff members attend Bolton Magistrates’ Court three times a week offering a screening and assessment facility, as well as information and advice for magistrates and probation officers. The team also offers a weekly mental health clinic at Bolton probation offices, offering advice, assistance and as point of referral into mainstream mental health services. The Criminal Justice Team will also care coordinate a small number of complex cases with current mental health and criminal justice system involvement, as well as offering advice and support to secondary mental health services regarding criminal justice matters. The team is a standing member of Bolton MAPPP and Bolton Mental Health Diversion Panel.

Bolton Mental Health Criminal Justice Team is contactable Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00 on 01204 544640.

Salford MDO

Salford Criminal Justice Liaison Team take referrals from court, probation, diversion panel, and from other services for people who are already accessing secondary mental health care and there is high risk of offending. 

They also take referrals from prison in-reach teams and aim to support and assist those coming up for release by linking the person up to the appropriate services to meet their needs. They support people across a wide range of the mental health spectrum and also learning disabilities. 

The team will try to see the person in the way that works for them at the time which is similar to the assertive outreach model of engagement. This may require home visits when necessary or meeting a person in a specific place that meets their particular needs at that time.

Salford Criminal Justice Liaison Team is contactable Monday to Friday 09.00 to 17.00 on 0161 358 2043.

Trafford MDO

The team provides a link between the Criminal Justice System and Mental Health Services in Trafford.

The team works with other professionals including probation officers, mental health and substance misuse professionals and prison in-reach teams. 

The team will make referrals to health and social services as appropriate.

Call Trafford MDO on 0161 905 1492.


MO:DEL (Manchester Offenders: Diversion Engagement and Liaison Team) is an award winning multidisciplinary Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion team covering the City of Manchester.

MO:DEL work with offenders who have co-morbid mental health problems, learning disability and other complex needs such as substance misuse, homelessness and interpersonal difficulties.

Covering the whole criminal justice pathway from pre-arrest, custody, court and probation MO:DEL aim to promote equality of access to the Health and Social Care Services to which mentally disordered offenders are entitled.

Working within a socially inclusive framework MO:DEL facilitate multi-agency working to bridge the gaps between Mental Health, Criminal Justice and Social Care Agencies in the delivery of care for offenders.

MO:DEL Team are flexible to meeting the multiple needs of the service user, balancing the recovery goals of the individual and the need to reduce risk to self and others. The service applies best evidenced practice sharing a culture of lifelong learning, education and research.

Tel 0161 357 1333
Fax 0161 272 9287


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