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Modernising the Mental Health Act

Department of Health and Social Care Country Resources Mental Health Policies, Mental Health Strategies and Plans England and Wales 6 December 2018 Report

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The final report sets out recommendations covering 4 principles that the review believes should underpin the reformed Act:

choice and autonomy – ensuring service users’ views and choices are respected;
least restriction – ensuring the Act’s powers are used in the least restrictive way;
therapeutic benefit – ensuring patients are supported to get better, so they can be discharged from the Act;
people as individuals – ensuring patients are viewed and treated as rounded individuals
The review looked at:

rising rates of detention under the Act
the disproportionate number of people from black and minority ethnic groups detained under the Act
processes that are out of step with a modern mental health care system


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