What is the ACT Mental Health Act 2015?
The Mental Health Act 2015 (the Act) refers to the legislation in the ACT that applies to the assessment, treatment, care and support of people experiencing a mental illness or mental disorder.
The Act is designed to empower people to participate in decisions about their health care and sets out the legal responsibilities of professionals, such as doctors, mental health workers, ambulance and police officers.
The Act was the result of considerable stakeholder and public consultation and seeks to promote a renewed recovery-oriented approach to mental health service delivery. It brings the ACT’s mental health legislation in line with human rights law including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with a Disability and the Human Rights Act 2004.
The Act came into effect on 1 March 2016, replacing the previous Mental Health (Treatment & Care) Act 1994.
Community consultation on the operation of the Mental Health Act 2015
You are invited to have your say on ACT’s Mental Health Act 2015
The ACT Government is seeking your feedback on the recent implementation of the Mental Health Act 2015.
You are invited to comment on the effectiveness of the Act. This includes achieving its aim of providing the best possible treatment, care and support in the least restrictive environment, to people who have a mental illness or mental disorder, their carers and families.
This review is happening in two parts:
- A public consultation on the authorised period of emergency detention under the Act - closed
- A public consultation on the operation of mental health orders and forensic mental health orders under the Act
In addition to asking about specific provisions, general feedback on the operation of the Act and how it provides the best treatment, care and support for people is also welcome.
Your views will be used to inform reports that will be tabled by the Minister for Mental Health to the Legislative Assembly.
For more information about the review of the Mental Health Act 2015, contact ACT Health’s Mental Health Policy Unit on firstname.lastname@example.org
Consultations now open