- In an emergency situation, if a person if a threat to themselves or others than they can be detained.This is usually done by an appointed relative/ the police / care worker
- Patients can be treated without their consent ( there are exceptions for example Surgery or ECT)This is only if it is agreed by a licenced practitioner.
- If a patient is in court and they have been convicted but not sentenced, the court can apply for the patient to have an assessment of there mental status.
- Patients can be granted Leave, this can be with/with out a care assistant.
- protects people who loose the ability to make their own decisions
-prevents them harming themselves or others
- accountability for those who make the decisions
- gives clear guidlines and a system of redress
-gives people with mental illnesses a voice
-improves the service for people with MHN ( mental health needs )
- it gives more control and confinement than it does treatment, this adds to the perception that people with MHI are dangerous
-This legislation doesn't cover the needs of those with duel diagnosis( eg/ people who have substance abuse and a mental health problem)
-makes no provisions for those with less serious mental health issues, for example those who suffer with anxiety or depression.
- keeping people contained goes against some human rights, in particular consent to treatment. this can also increase recovery time as its a stressful and traumatic experience.