mental health law

Mental Health (Scotland) Bill

An Act of the Scottish Parliament to amend the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 in various respects; to make provision about mental health disposals in criminal cases; to make provision as to the rights of victims of crime committed by mentally-disordered persons; and for connected purposes.

Covert medication. Good practice guide

Covert medication is the administration of any medical treatment in disguised form.  These guidelines cover:

  • The legal framework for the use of covert medication
  • Practical guidance in how to administer it
  • A suggested care pathway for its use
  • Case examples

At risk, yet dismissed: the criminal victimisation of people with mental health problems

Research that is a call to action for all services to improve the way we respond to people with mental health problems who have been victims of crime. As one in four of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year, this is an issue that can’t be ignored or dismissed.

The deprivation of liberty safeguards (At a glance 43)

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are an amendment to the Mental Capacity Act 2005. They apply in England and Wales only. This report examines what deprivation of liberty is and its safeguards.

E-learning: Mental Capacity Act

Free e-Learning resources that provide audio, video and interactive technology to assist in exploring the many areas of the Mental Capacity Act.

Listen to what I want : the potential impact of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) on major life decisions by people with learning disabilities

This document is a Report for the Social Care Institute for Excellence. It was published by Norah Fry Research Centre at the University of Bristol in July 2008. ‘Listen to what I want’ (Jan-May 2008) was a short study of major decisions in the lives of 20 people with learning disabilities, from their point of view. The overall purpose was to learn more about the potential impact of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) with people with learning disabilities.

Independent Mental Capacity Advocate involvement in accommodation decisions and care reviews

The MCA Code of Practice says that the IMCA safeguard is intended for ‘those people who have little or no network of support, such as close family or friends, who take an interest in their welfare or no one willing or able to be formally consulted in decision-making processes’ (10.74). It provides guidance about when an IMCA should be instructed in cases where a person has some contact with family or friends

Mental Health Foundation: publications

Website resource that offers a range of publications on the topic of mental health, including reports, briefings and information booklets. Publications can be searched by keyword, publication title or by browsing an A-Z title list.

Working together to provide age-appropriate environments and services for mental health patients aged under 18

The new section 131A of the Mental Health Act is due to come into force in April 2010. This amendment will ensure that patients aged under 18 are treated in an environment in hospital which is suitable having regard to their age, with the purpose of preventing the inappropriate admission of children and young people to adult psychiatric wards. This briefing highlights how commissioners can work together to meet the new duty on age-appropriate accommodation in a timely manner.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005, resources available for the year 2009 -2010

This Local Authority Circular sets out the resources available for the year 2009-2010 for the Mental Capacity Act 2005, including the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards which come into effect on 1 April 2009 and provisional figures for 2010-2011.