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by Dr Guy Brookes,
Dr Nick Brindle and Dr Tim Branton
Last updated: November
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.
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