THE MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION
REMIT OF THE MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION
The Mental Health Commission was established under the Mental Health Act 2001. The Commission's functions are to promote, encourage and foster high standards and good practices in the delivery of mental health services and, to protect the interests of people who are detained in approved psychiatric centres.
The Commission has responsibility, under the 2001 Act to
Appoint people to Mental Health Tribunals to review the detention of involuntary patients. The Commission also must appoint a legal representative for each involuntary patient.
The Commission must establish and maintain a register of approved centres which provide inpatient care providing care and treatment for people with mental illness or mental disorder.
The Commission makes rules regulating the use of ECT, seclusion and mechanical restraint.
The Commission develops codes of practice for mental health professionals.
The Commission appoints the inspector for mental health services who inspects approved centres every year.
REMIT OF THE MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION IS BEING EXTENDED
Under the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 the Commission's remit has been extended to the establishment of the Decision Support Service.
The Decision Support Service will support decision making by and for adults with capacity difficulties and will regulate individuals who are providing support to people with capacity difficulties.
A limited number of the provisions of the 2015 Act were commenced on 17th October 2016. The Decision Support Service has not yet been commenced although a director of the Decision Support Service was appointed in October 2017.
It is expected that the Decision Support Service will not be operational until 2019.
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