Mental health

The compulsory assessment and treatment system

What this chapter covers

This chapter explains:

  • the principles of the main mental health legislation and key terms used in it
  • the processes for compulsory assessment and treatment under the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992
  • a person’s rights under the Act, and how to make a complaint if any of these rights are breached
  • how to use reviews and appeals to challenge decisions made through the processes for compulsory assessment and treatment.

For information about laws that protect against discrimination on the grounds of mental illness and other impairments, see the chapter “Disability rights”.

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