Traumatic brain injury and offending: An economic analysis

Centre for Mental Health, July 2016

Over a million people in this country live with the consequences of traumatic brain injury, at a cost to the economy of around £15 billion a year.

This report sheds light on head injury (in which the brain is damaged by impact, such as from a fall, a road accident or violence), and the risks it poses. The report finds that a head injury doubles a person’s risk of later mental health problems, even if the person had no prior history of mental ill-health.

Traumatic brain injury also has a marked impact on the economy, at a cost of £15 billion a year. This figure comprises of lost work contributions, premature death and health and social care costs. This £15 billion does not, however, include the human costs of head injury on people’s wellbeing and quality of life, which is clearly the biggest cost.

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Guide to Service User Involvement and Co-Production

Revolving Doors, March 2016

Voluntary and community organisations, statutory agencies and other groups working with offenders, ex-offenders and their families are constantly looking to improve the services they offer their service users. Service user involvement (SUI) is recognised as an effective tool to achieve this.  This guide is for managers, staff, trustees and volunteers of any organisation that wants to involve their service users in the management, design, delivery and evaluation of their services.

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Interventions for drug-using offenders with co-occurring mental illness

The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, June 2015

This is an updated version of an original Cochrane review published in Issue 3 2006 (Perry 2006). The review represents one from a family of four reviews focusing on interventions for drug-using offenders. This specific review considers interventions aimed at reducing drug use or criminal activity, or both for drug-using offenders with co-occurring mental illness.  The review aims to assess the effectiveness of interventions for drug-using offenders with co-occurring mental illness in reducing criminal activity or drug use, or both.

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Fact sheets for frontline staff working in the criminal justice system who come into contact with people with learning disabilities

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, May 2015

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities have created a range of fact sheets and information resources to help frontline services staff assist people with Learning Disabilities who have come into contact with the criminal justice system.

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A Good Life: Exploring what matters to people facing multiple and complex needs

Revolving Doors Agency, February 2015

This report presents findings from research with a group of individuals who have faced multiple and complex needs, asking them about their hopes and aspirations and what their good life would look like.

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Comprehensive Services for Complex Needs: A Summary of the Evidence

Revolving Doors, 29 January 2015

This report assesses the evidence for three programmes designed to work directly with people facing multiple and complex needs: Multisystemic Therapy; wraparound; and the link worker model. It shows these programmes can address important issues such as crime and homelessness, while improving clients’ wellbeing.

The briefing outlines both the cost-benefit and the effectiveness of these service models.  The report shows that some of the most excluded and disadvantaged people in society can be effectively helped through better, more targeted support.

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Mental Health Treatment – Supporting Integrated Delivery guidance

Department of Health, 30 December 2014

This guidance seeks to provide support to service commissioning and provider agencies so that appropriate mental health service provision and inter-agency partnerships enable Mental Health Treatment Requirements (MHTR) delivery locally.

The guidance reflects the changes to responsibility for probation services in England and Wales from 2014 resulting from the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation reforms and the Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014. Information on who to contact for further information is also included.

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