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Interesting times

Interesting times EDITORIAL Graham Durcan Editor Welcome to the latest issue of . As the work I am involved in is at the interface between the worlds of criminal justice and mental health, you will forgive me for devoting at least a little of this editorial to a brief discussion of some of the recent policy documents concerning that interface. However, the policy document I wish to flag first is one that has a much wider relevance. The ancient Chinese phrase ‘may you live in interesting times’ was popularised by Robert F Kennedy in a speech in Cape Town in 1966, when he said, ‘like it or not, we live in an interesting time’. For those of us in the mental health and dual diagnosis worlds, we, too, are living through such a period. Over recent months there has been a flurry of policy relevant to mental health and dual diagnosis. The National Service Framework’s 10-year plan of mental health reform (A National Service Framework for Mental Health, Department of Health, 1999) has come to an end and has been replaced by New Horizons: a shared vision for mental health (Department of Health, 2009a), in which complex needs, including drug http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advances in Dual Diagnosis Pier Professional

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Publisher
Pier Professional
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 by Pier Professional Limited
ISSN
1757-0972
eISSN
2042-8324
DOI
10.5042/add.2010.0096
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Abstract

EDITORIAL Graham Durcan Editor Welcome to the latest issue of . As the work I am involved in is at the interface between the worlds of criminal justice and mental health, you will forgive me for devoting at least a little of this editorial to a brief discussion of some of the recent policy documents concerning that interface. However, the policy document I wish to flag first is one that has a much wider relevance. The ancient Chinese phrase ‘may you live in interesting times’ was popularised by Robert F Kennedy in a speech in Cape Town in 1966, when he said, ‘like it or not, we live in an interesting time’. For those of us in the mental health and dual diagnosis worlds, we, too, are living through such a period. Over recent months there has been a flurry of policy relevant to mental health and dual diagnosis. The National Service Framework’s 10-year plan of mental health reform (A National Service Framework for Mental Health, Department of Health, 1999) has come to an end and has been replaced by New Horizons: a shared vision for mental health (Department of Health, 2009a), in which complex needs, including drug

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Advances in Dual DiagnosisPier Professional

Published: Dec 1, 2009

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