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The Mental Health Alliance has released a briefing on the Second Reading of the Policing and Crime Bill. The briefing provides an overview of the background and provisions of the Bill, which had its Second Reading in the House of Commons on 7 March 2016.
The Bill seeks to amend sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983. These sections currently allow police to move a person from their home or public place to a place of safety pending a mental health assessment.
The Mental Health Alliance, currently chaired by Bipolar UK, is a coalition of organisations advocating rights-based mental health legislation in England and Wales. The Alliance has also used the briefing to outline key recommendations for the Bill.