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Adult Social Care Glossary, v 0.41

Mental Health Act 1983

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UK legislation

An Act to consolidate the law relating to mentally disordered persons.

NICE Guideline NG108 - Decision-making and mental capacity

The Mental Health Act 1983 provides for the detention of persons in hospital for assessment and/or treatment of mental disorder and for treatment in the community in some circumstances. The Act provides for the process of assessing individuals and bringing them within the scope of the Act, for treatment of individuals subject to the Act's provisions and sets out the rights and safeguards afforded to individuals who are subject to the Act's powers.

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