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Liaison and diversion pilot schemes extended

Scheme sees mental health professionals placed in police stations and courts.

Another 13 trial schemes are to be launched next April in which mental health professionals will be placed in police stations and courts, according to NHS England.

The new schemes, called liaison and diversion, will join the existing 10 areas that have been taking part in a two year trial that began in April with the aim of joining up police and courts with mental health services.

It will mean half of the English population will be covered by such schemes from April 2015. The model will be independently evaluated to inform a business case for services to cover all of the English population by 2017-18.

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