Section bdg136, Mental Health Act 1983 LCREM

Section bdg136, Mental Health Act 1983 LCREM

A section of the UK Mental Health Act 1983, which empowers the police to detain (for up to 72 hours) a person who is believed to be suffering from a mental disorder in a place to which the public have access, and convey them to a place of safety—usually an A&E department, police station or other suitable place—for assessment by a psychiatrist and an Approved Mental Health Professional. The patient must be discharged after assessment or detained under Section 2 or 3 of the Act, or offered voluntary admission into hospital.
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