Winners and Highly Commended for the Mental Health and Criminal Justice Award

The following are the winners and highly commended nominations for our Mental Health and Criminal Justice Award;

WINNERS –

MAC-UK  – London.  A registered charity founded to radically change the way in which SONY DSCmental health and wellbeing services are delivered to the most excluded young people. 1 in 3 young people who offend have an unmet mental health need. More importantly, 2 in 3 young people do not have a diagnosis but, due to the complexity of the challenges in their lives, have high level mental wellbeing needs which prevent them from having fulfilling futures. Things like believing they are worthless; not having the confidence to apply for a job and/or struggling to take public transport because they don’t have the planning skills to work out a route. At MAC-UK we spin mental health on its head by taking interventions out of the clinic and onto the street. We have spent five years developing a unique, innovative and ground-breaking model which effectively bridges health and justice using a community youth-led model, we called it Integrate.;

HIGHLY COMMENDED –

Resettle – Liverpool.  An intensive risk management and intervention service working with high risk men with complex needs on their release from prison.  All are subject to Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) as a result of their risk. All have significant psychological and social difficulties which would meet the criteria for personality disorder, tSONY DSChough many have never had any formal assessment or intervention to address these difficulties whilst in prison. We do not diagnose personality disorder here as we prefer to develop a holistic psychosocial understanding of the individual, underpinned by a psychological formulation which then guides our interventions and conversations with our service users.  Our contact begins whilst these men are still in prison so we can develop optimistic and supportive relationships with them and enable them to set realistic goals for their release.;

HIGHLY COMMENDED –

Self Help Services – Manchester.  The Adult Gang Clinical Team sit within the Positive Alternatives department of the charity, and deliver bespoke psychological  therapy interventions to people experiencing common mental health problems who are at risk of becoming involved with, or are involved with the criminal justice system.  The team works across Manchester, Trafford, Salford and more recently, Stockport with a large number of clients who have been affected by gang involvement or activity; latterly there have been a number of clients who have been affected by sexual exploitation. As this cohort experience a wide range of challenges and difficulties, our team is trained to provide a variety of different interventions. We have recruited practitioners who are local to the community and have previously experienced some of the difficulties that the clients encounter; this enables our practitioners to have credibility with the client group and facilitates engagement.;

HIGHLY COMMENDED –

Substance Misuse Team, HMP Portland – Avon and Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust.  The team offer a service to all sentenced prisoners who are looking to address their drugs and alcohol issues whilst in prison, using their Inside Recovery Programme.  As is widely SONY DSCreported, a significant percentage of the prison population have used drugs and/or alcohol in a problematic way at some point in their lives. In addition, dual diagnosis is a significant factor for many within the criminal justice system. The team launched the Inside Recovery programme in 2012. This is a structured modular group programme which utilises Node-Link Mapping and Motivational Interviewing to assist prisoners who have been assessed as having high treatment needs in relation to drugs and/or alcohol, to work towards recovery.;

 

 

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