Review of the operation of Sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983: a literature review

Document type
Literature review
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Department of Health; Great Bitain. Home Office
Department of Health
Date of publication
18 December 2014
Mental health services, Legislation
Social welfare
Material type

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Sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act allow  people with mental health problems to be detained by the police under certain circumstances for their own safety. The literature review covers the wider social and legislative context including human rights, published data-sets and trends, who is detained, where they are held, and for how long, issues over diversity and equality, and the experiences of patients and practitioners including relationships between police and health services.

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