Hertfordshire partners agree to work together on improving mental health care
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is one of the leading local agencies making a commitment to work together to support and care for people suffering mental health crisis.

The Commissioner’s involvement is announced on Mental Health Awareness Day (today) and paves the way for a formal Crisis Care Concordat to be signed at the end of the month by all partners. 

The aim of the concordat is to improve the care and support available to people in crisis, because of a mental health condition, so that they are kept safe and receive the most effective interventions swiftly. 

Commissioner David Lloyd said: “One of my core principles for making Hertfordshire an even safer place is partnership working. This is a perfect example of how crossing professional boundaries can be one of the best ways to really help people, especially those who are most vulnerable.  
“People suffering a crisis due to a mental health issue are not only more vulnerable as victims of crime but can also become the perpetrators of crime. If we can truly work together to help people at an early stage we can stop issues escalating, reduce the number of victims and prevent crime.”

As part of a national agreement, partners involved will pledge that they want to help people find the support they need − whatever the circumstances − from whichever service they turn to first. They want to work together to prevent crises happening through intervening at an early stage and by looking together at the factors that contribute to crisis. The aim is to make sure that the needs of vulnerable people in urgent situations are met and they get the right care at the right time from the right people.

Overseeing the local Concordat will be Hertfordshire’s Health and Well-Being Board and the Community Safety Board, which Commissioner Lloyd chairs. The local partner agencies will work together to create a plan of action for Hertfordshire.

You can contact the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner by phone on 01707 806100 or write to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Harpenden Police Station, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, AL5 4GZ.  You can also follow the Commissioner on Twitter @HertsPCC and find out more on his Facebook page: HertsPCC.