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Legislation protecting people in care Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003

Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003

Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003

The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act came into force in 2005.

It increases the rights and protection of people with mental disorders, which is a term than encompasses:

  • mental illness
  • learning disability
  • personality disorder

The Act places duties on local councils to provide care and support services for people with mental disorders.

It introduced changes to develop community-based mental health services, involvement of service users and unpaid carers in decisions concerning treatment, and respect for the human rights of people with mental disorders.

The provisions of this Act are intended to ensure that care and compulsory measures of detention can be used only when there is a significant risk to the safety or welfare of the patient or other people.

The information was last updated on: 12th May 2015

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