Mental Health Act assessment

Mental Health Act assessment

A formal assessment of a person in the UK under the Mental Health Act 2007, which may lead to hospital admission if less restrictive alternatives are not viable. Admission for assessment and/or treatment is compulsory when a person’s mental state is seen to be a risk to his or her own health or safety or that of others. The application is completed by the Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) based on the recommendations of two Doctors. The Mental Health Act 2007 governs the admission of people to psychiatric hospital against their will, their rights while detained, discharge from hospital, and aftercare. The Act applies in England and Wales.
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The IOPC found two officers had "a case to answer for misconduct" in connection with not opening a custody record and not arranging a Mental Health Act assessment, and who were subsequently given "management action" by the force.
By ALISON STACEY News Reporter alison.stacey@trinitymirror.com @alibaabra A SOLIHULL man allowed to leave a mental health unit with no phone, money or coat while he waited for a Mental Health Act assessment was found drowned in a canal six days later.
The decision will be taken after a Mental Health Act assessment.
He had been taken from the Feltham Young Offenders Institution to a secure unit in west London under a Mental Health Act Assessment Order.

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