The paper sets out the work of the Mental Health Unit, part of the Health and Offender Partnerships Directorate. It explains the functions of the Unit in advising and taking decisions on behalf of the Home Secretary in exercising his powers in relation to dangerous mentally disordered offenders. It also sets out the work of the Unit in relation to the new Mental Health Bill. The Unit's role in developing Government policy in relation to mentally disordered offenders is not covered here.
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