Joint response to Mental Health Act regulations
The ALLIANCE, See Me, the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance and the Scottish Recovery Network have published a joint response to a Health and Sport Committee call for evidence on new regulations underpinning the Mental Health (Scotland) Act.
The Act, which passed through the Scottish Parliament in 2015, includes provisions related to named persons, advance statements and introduced a Victim Notification Scheme.
The joint response highlights general concerns that the new Act does not match the wider drive towards person-centeredness in the health and social care system. It also notes:
- A call for further emphasis to be placed on the empowerment of people’s voices as a key part of the decision making process in regard to cross border transfers.
- That the Committee seeks further clarity on the implications of leaving the European Union in relation to these regulations.
- Further reference to be made to independence advocacy as a means to support people in transition.
- More emphasis to be placed on clearly communicating these changes to people who use support and services and third sector organisations.