Alternative pathways project report: Action towards alternatives

Author: Sandhu, Sukhvinder

Corporate author: East London NHS Foundation Trust

Publisher: NIMHE

Publication date: January 2007

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It is well established that some black and minority ethnic patients with a mental illness are more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act 19835. The Alternative Pathways Project was launched by the Trust to explore and change pathways to mental health care for black and minority ethnic service users. The project had two overall objectives: firstly to map the care pathways taken by 18 service users into detention under the MHA 1983; secondly, based on these findings, work with the teams responsible for managing care pathways to further help them understand the processes which lead to detention and to change practice, systems, policies and resources to lower the disproportionate use of the Mental Health Act 1983.