Mental Health Act

Welcome to the Highland Mental Health Act Website.

This site is designed to be used by anyone who has an interest in Mental Health legislation.

The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 came into force in October 2005.  It is the first major change in mental health legislation for over 40 years.  The Act contains many new provisions, including a set of principles, the introduction of Mental Heath Tribunals to hear appeals and applications for long-term detention, advance statements and named persons, and the statutory right to advocacy.

The site contains information about the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003, including a link to the Act itself, Codes of Practice, Highland Procedures, leaflets and Training Materials, and other relevant information including the Joint Local Implementation Plan and the Psychiatric Emergency Plan.

There is a link to the Scottish Government site for all the forms and regulations.  The forms can be completed electronically or downloaded and completed manually.