Review of the operation of Sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983: a summary of the evidence

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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
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This report summarises the evidence for the joint Home Office and the Department of Health in England review of the operation of Sections 135 and 136 of the England and Wales Mental Health Act 1983. These sections give the police powers to remove an individual who appears to be mentally disordered and in need of urgent care to a place of safety, where they can be detained for up to 72 hours so that a mental health assessment can be carried out. This report sets out the responses to the online survey, which received over 1,100 responses, and responses received from national organisations. The evidence gathered raised a number of key legislative and operational issues

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