A Question of Numbers: The potential impact of community-based treatment orders in England and Wales

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Compulsory community-based treatment orders require patients at risk of harming themselves or others to comply with a set of conditions, such as taking their medication, while living in the community.

The draft Mental Health Bill 2004 incorporates plans to introduce compulsory orders in England and Wales, but it is not clear how many people could be drawn into compulsory treatment as a result.

This report sheds some light on how many people in England and Wales could become subject to non-residential orders if the Bill becomes law, drawing on examples from countries around the world with similar systems already in place.