Health and Justice Community Services
Health and Justice Community Services include a variety of mental health services that provide care across a number of different criminal justice settings. GMMH provides Liaison and Diversion services in Wigan, Trafford, Salford, Bolton and Manchester. There is a resident mental health team based at St Joseph’s Approved Premises in Eccles and two Street Triage Projects in Salford and Trafford. The five health and Justice teams are committed to supporting service users through assessment, referrals, sign posting and short-term interventions.
Liaison and Diversion interventions are aimed at diverting people with mental health problems and learning disabilities away from the criminal justice system at the earliest opportunity and into appropriate treatment. This work is usually undertaken across police custody, the courts and Probation and focuses on facilitating access to and navigation of support networks within health and social care.
The 5 Borough based teams also provide a Liaison and Diversion service and can work with patients for up to 6 months. During this time the team will work closely with partners from other agencies to offer consistency and continuity. Following assessment and short term treatment if the team identify longer term support is required including care coordination an onward referral will be made to the relevant service provider.
St Joseph’s approved premises has an on-site mental health team who work with service users who are released on licence and have mental health needs. This involves case management and navigating serviceson release from prison and discharge from St Joseph’s back into the community.