Mental health services
Highland Mental Health Officer (MHO) Service
A mental health officer (MHO) is a registered social worker who has undergone specialist training and education to work with people with a mental disorder.
MHOs are accountable to the local authority that employs them, but their assessments are independent. MHOs must comply with the National Standards for Mental Health Officer Services.
MHOs have assessment, supervision, review and report writing duties under three main pieces of legislation:
- Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Scotland Act 2003
- Criminal Procedures (Scotland) Act 1995
- Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000