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Crime Commissioner ’s disappointment as place of safety is delayed until new year
9:58am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
PLANS to open “a place of safety” for people with mental health issues in York have been further delayed until January.
The decision has been described as “disappointing” by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).
North Yorkshire is the only UK county without a place of safety - which allows police to remove people with mental health issues from public places for up to 72 hours.
Bootham Park Hospital’s Section 136 Unit, which will cost £400,000 per year to run, was approved by City of York Council in July with expectations that it would be operational by autumn, but it was announced this week that the plans would be further delayed until the new year.
Julia Mulligan, PCC for North Yorkshire, said: “While I am thankful that finally mental health patients detained by the police will soon have a health-based place of safety to go to, rather than being detained in a police cell, it is disappointing this is now delayed until January.
However, I do recognise that partners are doing all they can to move this forward. We must always bear in mind that those detained under the Mental Health Act are ill and not necessarily criminals, and every day that goes by without a place of safety in North Yorkshire is unacceptable.”
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