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Protocol for Mental Health - Victoria Police & Department of Health

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This protocol provides clear and practical guidance to police and clinicians on their respective roles and responsibilities when working together to respond to the needs of people with mental illness.

 

This document updates the 2004 protocol and reflects recent legislative amendments, innovations in mental health telephone triage and crisis assessment and treatment service delivery, and extensive consultation with frontline police and clinicians on the priority issues at the local level.


It also reflects the strengthening of cooperation between Victoria Police and the Department of Human Services (now Department of Health). In July 2008 our two organisations agreed a set of relationship principles in an overarching Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), and staff liaise regularly to develop strategic policy and practice initiatives.

 

At the local level, police, ambulance services and mental health practitioners call on and support each other to respond to a wide range of circumstances involving mental health issues, and strive for better ways of collaborating through the Emergency Services Liaison Committees.

 
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