An overview: DSPD programme concepts and progress
Hogue, Todd E.
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The article focuses on the progress made toward developing services for individuals identified with Dangerous and Severe Personality disorder (DSPD). The article defines the DSPD programme, the structure of the programme and progress made in key areas of work, research and development, assessment and treatment. The background to the programme lies in the limited availability of specialist services for this group. Current mental health legislation can only be used to detain this group if they are considered 'treatable', yet professionals often disagree whether this is possible and this has often resulted in people with these characteristics being excluded from services. Despite the risk that they pose and the problems they face, too often they are not given access to interventions that might protect the public and help them achieve safe and successful re-integration into the community. The Government's proposals for the DSPD Programme are intended both to ensure that the public is protected from some of the most dangerous people in society and provide high quality services to improve their health outcomes and reduce risk. The DSPD Programme has now moved on from the initial work to launch the programme, to its main and longer-term implementation phase. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)