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The new Mental Health Act: a guide to emergency and short-term powers: information for service users and their carers

Author:
SCOTLAND. Scottish Government
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Government
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
15p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

This guide is one in a series about the new the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003, which came into effect in October 2005. This guide focuses on emergency and short-term powers. This guide is written for people who have a mental disorder, but it may be of interest to others including carers and advocacy workers.

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Liability for psychiatric illness: a consultation paper

Author:
LAW COMMISSION
Publisher:
HMSO/Law Commission
Publication year:
1995
Pagination:
126p.
Place of publication:
London

Examines the law relating to the recovery of damages for psychiatric illness arising from negligence.

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The law and mental disorder

Author:
HARRISON Kate
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 30.4.94 Supplement, 1994, pp.17-19.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

The law which protects a person's personal autonomy is the law of assault. This means that generally adults may not be forced to accept medical treatment even if it is life saving. However, for people classified as suffering from mental disorder the law is very different. Summaries the legal process.

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Mental Health (Discrimination) Act 2013: Chapter 8

Author:
GREAT BRITAIN. Acts, Bills
Publisher:
Stationery Office
Publication year:
2013
Pagination:
5p.
Place of publication:
London

The Mental Health (Discrimination) Act 2013 is an act to make further provision about discrimination against people on the grounds of their mental health. The provisions cover Members of Parliament, jurors and company directors. They repeal legislation disqualifying a Member of Parliament or of the devolved bodies on grounds of mental illness, remove the general ban on people receiving treatment for their mental health undertaking jury service, and amend regulations which allow a director of a public or private company to be removed from their position by reason of their mental health. Explanatory notes produced to assist in the understanding of the Act are available separately.

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Writing letters to help patients with service and support animals

Authors:
ENSMINGER John J., THOMAS J. Lawrence
Journal article citation:
Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 13(2), 2013, pp.92-115.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia

Psychiatric service and emotional support animals are increasingly used by individuals with mental and emotional conditions. These individuals may thus need to take these animals into restaurants and other businesses or to fly with them in airplanes. Bringing an animal with a specialised function or training into each of these environments where pets are generally excluded involves satisfying criteria established by governmental agencies. Psychologists and other mental health professionals may be asked to write letters to support patients’ arguments that their animals satisfy these governmental criteria. Unfortunately, the criteria for housing, working environments, businesses, and transportation facilities are not uniform, so the professional must realise that there is no one-size-fits-all statement that can help the patient in every situation. Professionals need to be familiar with what they can say under ethical constraints, what they need to say under the law to help the patient, and what they cannot say because of the limitations of the research and of their professional experience with the patient. This article makes recommendations about how to write such letters. It analyses the law and describes letters that have helped patients and others that harmed them.

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The legal framework for the mental health care of children. Train the trainers materials

Author:
NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH DEVELOPMENT UNIT
Publisher:
National Mental Health Development Unit
Place of publication:
London

These notes and accompanying materials seek to assist those providing training to mental health professionals on the legal framework for the care and treatment of children and young people with severe mental disorders who may require specialist mental health care, such as admission to hospital.

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Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

Author:
SCOTLAND. Scottish Executive
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Executive
Publication year:
2000
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

Information about The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000, which provides ways to manage the financial and welfare affairs of people who are unable to manage them for themselves. Suitable for professionals and lay people.

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Independent advocacy

Author:
COUNSEL AND CARE
Publisher:
Counsel and Care
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
33p.
Place of publication:
London

Independent advocacy is a one-to-one partnership between an independent advocate and an older person who needs support in order to secure or exercise their rights, choices and interests. This factsheet looks at what independent advocacy is, and what it is not, when it may be needed, the importance of the relationship between the Independent Advocate and the older person (advocacy partner), how others (professionals/carers/ family) may respond to advocacy, and how and when to access it.

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Smoke-free legislation and mental health units: the challenges ahead

Author:
JOCHELSON Karen
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Psychiatry, 189(6), December 2006, pp.479-480.
Publisher:
Royal College of Psychiatrists

Under the proposed English Health Act regulations most mental health units will have to be smoke-free, although patients will be able to smoke outside. Implementing the regulations will be challenging but may also be an opportunity for a more holistic approach focusing on the physical and psychological health of patients.

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Changes within the latest draft of the Mental Health Bill

Author:
WHITE Caroline
Journal article citation:
Nursing Times, 2.01.07, 2007, pp.23-24.
Publisher:
Nursing Times

The government began its reform of mental health services in 1998. Draft bills published in 2002 and 2004 have been controversial. This article looks at the latest draft released in November 2006 and how it differs from predecessors. The changes included a single broader definition of mental disorder; the abolition of the 'treatability test'; widening the range of roles previously assigned to social workers and doctors; shortening the time limits for a patient's automatic referral to an independent tribunal; and strengthening the safeguards for people without the capacity to consent to care under detention, such as those with dementia.

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