Royal College of Emergency Medicine, December 2017
This guide outlines the process to be followed when police bring a person to the Emergency Department under a section136 of the Mental Health Act and the responsibilities of the different agencies caring for the person. It notes the main change detailed is a reduction in duration of the section from 72 hrs to 24 hours. Under 18s are no longer allowed to be taken to a police cell and adults will only be taken to a police cell under certain circumstances. Police are also required to consult a mental health professional before applying a section 136 where possible.
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