Briefing: Mental Health Act 2007

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This briefing focuses on the 2007 Mental Health Act in relation to England.

Most provisions of the 2007 Act came into effect in November 2008.

Especially notable are extended powers of compulsion in the community – Supervised Community Treatment (SCT) – and a widening of the professional groups that can apply to fulfil new roles that exercise power under the Act – approved mental health professional (AMHP) and responsible clinician (RC).