The Leeds Crisis Assessment Service (CAS) is a city-wide acute mental health service.
It offers assessment to people 18 years and over who are experiencing acute mental health problems that may pose a risk to themselves and/or others, who require an assessment that day or within the next 72 hours.
This short video below shows how the crisis service works to deliver great care that is high quality and improves lives; day in, day out.
Our Crisis Assessment Service (CAS) works across health, social care and the voluntary sector to improve access to appropriate mental health services. It consists of:
The Leeds Single Point of Access (SPA)
This is for referrals to secondary mental health care and learning disability services.
Mental Health Crisis Triage (also known as Street Triage)
This team responds quickly to requests for support from paramedics and the police called out to people in a mental health crisis.
Section 136 Health-based Place of Safety
This is a service for people of any age who are detained by the Police for their own safety under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act, to receive a mental health assessment in a clinical environment rather than be detained in police custody.
CAMHS Section 136 Health-based Place of Safety
This is a service for people under the age of 18 who are detained by the Police for their own safety under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act to receive a mental health assessment in a clinical environment rather than be detained in police custody.
This is for all requests for acute inpatient mental health care.
Crisis Assessment Unit (CAU)
The Crisis Assessment Unit (CAU) offers services for adults experiencing acute and complex mental health crises who may require a period of further assessment.
The CAU is open 24 hours a day seven days a week and enables the Crisis Assessment Service to offer a more extended assessment for individuals with complex needs. It provides assessment rooms and overnight facilities for up to six people in single sex accommodation areas.
The CAU provides the opportunity for further assessment of people in a safe environment and allows time and space to explore their current difficulties in more depth. Time at the unit can be mixed with peoples’ regular activities and time back in their homes.