Author(s):Dr Guy Brookes, Dr Nick Brindle and Dr Tim Branton
The introduction of Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) through the 2007 amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 was one of the most significant changes to mental health law in the last 20 years. It is also an element which has proved controversial, and both service user and professional groups have voiced strong views about its use. Despite this, use has exceeded expectations and they are very much a part of many of our working lives.
In addition, the introduction of CTOs has highlighted the need to fully understand other areas of the Mental Health Act 1983, where people can remain subject to its powers whilst residing outside of hospital.
As with all areas of the Act, its guiding principles should inform practice. These are described in the Code of Practice as follows:
This module will consider how these principles may be applied with regard to Community Treatment Orders, Section 17 Leave and guardianship.
Please note: This module previously had the title Supervised community treatment.
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