‘It’s Mental Health, Not Mental Police’: A Human Rights Approach to Mental Health Triage and Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983

Morgan, Matthew ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9437-7519 and Paterson, Craig (2017) ‘It’s Mental Health, Not Mental Police’: A Human Rights Approach to Mental Health Triage and Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983. Policing, 13 (2). pp. 123-133. ISSN 1752-4512

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Abstract

A human rights approach to the policing of mental ill-health raises fundamental questions about the vulnerability of people in the care of the police, the appropriateness of police interventions, and how societies define and delineate the role and function of the police and health sectors. It is the challenge of understanding and interpreting the police-health nexus and its associated points of intervention that this article addresses. The article uses a human rights framework to explore the challenges that emerge when policing mental ill-health through the use of Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 and recent experimental use of mental health triage in England and Wales. The article explores the potential of triage to alleviate some of the human rights concerns associate with the use of Section 136 through interviews with police officers involved with the triage pilots. The final discussion situates experiments with mental health triage against a backcloth of mental health's increasingly prominent position on the global public policy agenda. The article concludes with call for a reassessment and realignment of thinking about the police-health nexus that aligns with the United Nations' sustainable development goals for 2030.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2022 01:19
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2022 03:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: policing; police; mental health; triage
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1602 Criminology > 160205 Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4402 Criminology > 440211 Police administration, procedures and practice
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420699 Public health not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200409 Mental health
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2304 Justice and the law > 230407 Legislation, civil and criminal codes
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2304 Justice and the law > 230404 Law enforcement
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/police/pax047
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/46932

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