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Introduction

This chapter focuses on the challenges faced in trying to support the implementation of government policies to tackle race inequality in mental health. Mental health policy in England since the 1980s has been expressly concerned with shifting the emphasis of care from hospitals to community-based treatments and support. Governmental approaches to address racial inequalities in mental health in England were, until Inside Outside, elements within other strategies. The government's response to the David Bennett inquiry was part of the national policy framework discussed above, Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health Care, known as DRE. The formal end of DRE came in January 2010, marking the close of the last discrete race equality government initiative for mental health. The remainder of this chapter looks at concerns the implementation of the already flawed DRE policy and offers critical analysis informed by the works of Suman Fernando, including suggestions for the way forward.