Evaluation of a liaison and diversion Court Mental Health Service for defendants with neurodevelopmental disorders

Eddie Chaplin, McCarthy Jane, Marshall-Tate Karina, Ali Salma, Xenitidis Kiriakos, Childs Jesica, Harvey Denise, McKinnon Iain, Robinson Louise, Hardy Sally, Sriastava Samir, Allely Claire, Barry Tolchard, Forrester Andrew

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Abstract

Neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD) may present as neuropsychiatric problems as well as impairments of motor, cognitive, social and communication functioning. This study describes the introduction of a specialist service with expertise in NDD into an existing court mental health liaison and diversion service to determine if the service would impact on the health needs or disposal outcomes of defendants.
Methods
We examined referrals of defendants with NDD disorders over 30-months at a London Magistrates’ Court. The pre-existing Court Mental Health (CMH) service was enhanced to provide additional expertise and hereafter referred to as the CMH + NDD Service. Baseline data including gender, ethnicity, remands and the rates of mental disorders was collected from the CMH Service using the existing minimum mental health service dataset. This was compared with data collected from the CMH + NDD …
Original languageEnglish
Article number104103
Pages (from-to)104103
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume119
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study ?Early Intervention and Assessment of Intellectual Disabilities and Autism in Court? was funded by Guy's & St. Thomas? Charity, Guy's Hospital, London Principal Investigator (PI) Awarded April 2017, Reference No. MAJ150703.

Funding Information:
This study ‘Early Intervention and Assessment of Intellectual Disabilities and Autism in Court’ was funded by Guy’s & St. Thomas’ Charity, Guy’s Hospital, London Principal Investigator (PI) Awarded April 2017, Reference No. MAJ150703 .

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