Sam Galbraith's strategy for dealing with mentally disordered offenders has messages for all agencies - courts, prison, police, social work departments, health boards and trusts - involved with mentally disordered offenders.
It calls for locally agreed arrangements to give the police a single point of access to information and advice about health and social work services. And there should be a list of duty psychiatrists who can be called on at short notice to examine people taken into custody by police.
The strategy proposes that, within social work, there should be full integration of the planning and delivery of all relevant services, including criminal justice. It says social work and health should agree shared objectives, targets and priorities for mentally disordered patients, including those with a learning disability, and they should jointly develop the necessary service provision. As for the NHS, the 'care and accommodation gap' between the high-security State Hospital and local hospitals would be closed, providing 'more appropriate care models and environments' to meet individuals' needs, said Mr Galbraith.
But he would give no definite figure for the likely number of new facilities or level of investment until the survey of needs, involving all the relevant agencies, had been carried out.