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Consultation on mental health law for autistic people and people with a learning disability

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 2nd September 2019
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The third stage of an independent process is considering whether Mental Health law in Scotland should be changed.

The review has found that people with learning disability and autistic people are not always well served by the Mental Health Act in Scotland (this link will take you away from our website). Even when people get good care, the independent review group believes that the law is not good enough at protecting people’s human rights.

The review team suggests that Scotland has an opportunity to become a world leader in human rights-based mental health services for autistic people and people with learning disability. The review seeks views on a range of ideas for future mental health law for autistic people and people with learning disability. They suggest:

  • A learning disability or autism should no longer be seen as mental disorders but as disabilities.
  • How decisions can be made with respect for each person’s rights, will and preferences.
  • Reforms for offenders with these conditions.

From Friday 30 August 2019 to Friday 1 November 2019, the independent review group is consulting on possible changes to the law (this link will take you away from our website). The review team will consider all responses and will report to Scottish Government with recommendations in December 2019.

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