Mental health-based place of safety (136 suite)
In Hull, the most appropriate Mental Health-Based Place of Safety (MHBPoS) for detention under Section 136 of the 1983 Mental Health Act is the 136 suite at Miranda House. A police station should not be used as a place of safety and the use of Accident and Emergency should only be considered for a person detained under Section 136 if there is a need for further medical intervention.
Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 is a police power that can only be used in a variety of public places when a person is putting themselves or others at risk and there is evidence they may be experiencing a mental health crisis.
The purpose of removing a person to a place of safety is to enable the person to be examined by a doctor and interviewed by an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) so that necessary arrangements can be made for the person’s care and treatment.
The Section 136 suite receives referrals from the British Transport Police and Humberside Police.