Blackstone's Guide to the Mental Health Amendment Act 2006

Blackstone's Guide to the Mental Health Amendment Act 2006
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  • ISBN-13: 9780199217113
  • ISBN: 0199217114
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated


Bowen, Paul


This new Blackstone's Guide provides the full text of the Mental Health Act 1983 and the main provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, together with the remaining provisions of the 2007 Act, together with an expert chapter by chapter narrative clearly explaining the impact of the new Act on the 1983 and 2005 Acts. Key changes introduced by the Mental Health Act 2007 include;- A new definition of 'mental disorder'- The abolishment of existing classifications of 'mental illness', 'psychopathic disorder', 'mental impairment' and 'severe mental impairment'- The abolishment of the existing exclusions for prosmicuity, immoral conduct, sexual deviancy etc.- A new requirement that 'appropriate treatment' be available for all forms of mental disorder before detention may be authorised, whilst removing the 'treatability' requirement for patients suffering from psychopathic disorder- A new power to control and treat patients in the community- Amendments to the 'nearest relative' provisions to bring them into line with the ECHR- A new framework of safeguards for incapacitated de facto detained 'Bournewood' patients (to amend the Mental Capacity Act)The narrative clearly explains how the Act amends the1983 Act and the 2005 Act, discusses the interface between the two, and the human rights implications of compulsory detention and treatment by reference to key cases such as Bournewood, IH, and Von Brandenburg. The Guide's accessible and clear layout makes it an ideal quick reference text. The appendices include the full text of the Mental Health Act 1983 as amended by the 2007 Act as well as the remaining provisions of the Mental Health Act2007.The Blackstone's Guide Series delivers concise and accessible books covering the latest legislative changes and amendments. Published soon after enactment, they offer timely and expert commentary on the meaning and effects of the legislation, plus a copy of the Act itself. The Guides are a cost-effective solution to key information needs and are the perfect companion for any practitioner needing to get up to speed with the latest changes.Bowen, Paul is the author of 'Blackstone's Guide to the Mental Health Amendment Act 2006 ', published 2007 under ISBN 9780199217113 and ISBN 0199217114.

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