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Trust to help provide new Liaison and Diversion Service across Black Country

The Trust has been working in partnership with Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMHT) and Improving Health and Wellbeing UK to create a new Liaison and Diversion Service across the region as part of a government pilot initiative.

This pilot is part of the second wave of trial schemes, commissioned by NHS England, who are testing a new service model of Liaison and Diversion. NHS England have authorised an additional £800,000 across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton to ensure people of all ages with mental health, a learning disability, substance misuse issues and other vulnerabilities are identified and assessed as early as possible as they pass through the youth and criminal justice systems.

The new service will be located within the police and courts to divert those most at risk away from the criminal justice system and into local health and care services provided by our Trust and DWMHT. The pilot schemes will be evaluated and, if HM Treasury approves the full business case, extended to the rest of the country by 2017.