Review of the operation of Sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983: report summary and recommendations: summary

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

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Sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 give the police powers to temporarily remove people who appear to be suffering from a mental disorder and who need urgent care to a ‘place of safety’, so that a mental health assessment can be carried out and appropriate arrangements made for their care. This review focused on the operation of these sections of the Act in order improve the outcomes for people in mental health crisis who may be detained under these provisions, focusing specifically on S135(1), S135(3)3, S135(6)4, and S136. These outcomes are essentially concerned with ensuring the detained person is assessed in the most appropriate way, with due regard to their needs and dignity. The review considered views from police officers, AMHPs, health professionals, paramedics and ambulance workers, people who have experienced detention under these parts of the Act, and families, carers and the public.

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