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  • Julie Steel (a1), Graham Thornicroft (a1), Luke Birmingham (a2), Charlie Brooker (a3), Alice Mills (a4), Mari Harty (a1) and Jenny Shaw (a5)...
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Prison mental health inreach teams have been established nationwide in England and Wales over the past 3 years to identify and treat mental disorders among prisoners. This paper summarises the policy content and what has been achieved thus far, and poses challenges that these teams face if they are to become a clear and effective component in the overall system of forensic mental healthcare.

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Corresponding author
Julie Steel, Health Service Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 208 776 4391; fax: +44 (0) 208 776 4950; email: julie.steel@iop.kcl.ac.uk
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The British Journal of Psychiatry
  • ISSN: 0007-1250
  • EISSN: 1472-1465
  • URL: /core/journals/the-british-journal-of-psychiatry
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Prison mental health inreach services

  • Julie Steel (a1), Graham Thornicroft (a1), Luke Birmingham (a2), Charlie Brooker (a3), Alice Mills (a4), Mari Harty (a1) and Jenny Shaw (a5)...
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