Funding is available to police forces where an officer requires in-patient mental health care in the unlikely event they are sectioned or are at risk of being sectioned under the Mental Health Act. We do not provide direct funding to the officer, their families, or clinics.
On the very rare occasion when an officer is sent to prison a formal risk assessment is undertaken with plans to mitigate risks. This is not the case for hospital admissions under the Mental Health Act.
In light of this we make funding available for serving UK police officers suffering from acute mental illness to be treated in private secure residential settings, via a police force reimbursement scheme.
In the event of an officer needing this support, applications for funding must be made by Chief Constables directly to the Trust. The first four weeks of any secure residential stay will be reimbursed; longer stays will be funded but will require prior approval from the Trust and will be regularly reviewed on a case by case basis.
This funding is only available to officers currently employed by a UK police force, and does not replace the statutory duty of care placed on employers. It cannot be used for anything other than for secure mental health treatment. Funding cannot be provided directly to officers or their families.
To enquire more about this, please call the Police Dependants’ Trust on 020 8941 6907. If outside office hours, please contact your Duty Gold Commander who will be able to contact the CEO.