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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2001): Mental Health Services - Overseas

PROTECTIVE EUROPE: DOES IT EXIST FOR PEOPLE WITH MENTAL DISORDERS?

P M Prior

Journal of European Social Policy, vol.11, 2001, p.25-38.

Article aims to examine the impact of some of the major European institutions on mental health law and policy formation, with a view to establishing whether the European project has made a difference in protecting people with mental disorders from interference or neglect by national governments. There is evidence that the work of the European Court of Human Rights has made a positive impact on national law and procedures in protecting the basic human rights of people with mental disorders. However there is little evidence of a similar impact of the work of the European Commission and European Parliament in attempting to raise standards of care.