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Evidence call on Mental Health Bill

30 June 2014

A Holyrood committee has published its call for written evidence on the Mental Health (Scotland) Bill.

The Health & Sport Committee has been given charge of the bill, which would make a series of amendments to the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 with the objective of helping people with a mental disorder to access effective treatment quickly and easily.

Part 1 of the bill covers a number of areas including:

  • the procedure for compulsory treatment;
  • emergency, short term and temporary steps;
  • suspension of certain orders;
  • orders regarding level of security;
  • removal and detention of patients;
  • time for appeal referral or disposal;
  • representations by named persons;
  • advance statements;
  • support and services;
  • cross border and absconding patients; and
  • arrangements for the treatment of prisoners.

Part 2 of the Bill seeks to make a number of minor and technical changes to the 2003 Act in relation to the provision for disposal by the criminal courts of people with mental disorders; and part 3 introduces a notification scheme for victims of mentally disordered offenders.

The committee is looking for submissions on the general policy direction set by the bill, as well as on specific amendments proposed. With the bill being based on the report by Professor Jim McManus, it also wants to know whether there is anything in the report that has not been addressed in the bill but respondents wish to see enacted.

Convener Duncan McNeil MSP said: “We want to hear from people from across Scotland, particularly service users and their representatives, as it’s vital for us as a committee when we are scrutinising these new proposals that we determine if this legislation will result in improved outcomes for those that need it.”

Click here to view the call for evidence. The deadline for responses is Friday 22 August 2014.

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