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Final consultation on Learning Disability and Autism in the Mental Health Act

Written by: Dr Simon Webster, Secretary, The Independent Review of Learning Disability and Autism in the Mental Health Act

Published: 04/10/2019

Dr Simon Webster, Secretary to the independent review, tells us more about the review's final consultation exercise.

How can Scotland meet the human rights challenges of the 21st century?

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities presents a major challenge to mental health law around the world. We think that Scotland has an opportunity to become a leader in human rights based mental health law and services for autistic people and people with learning disability.

The ALLIANCE and its members work to ensure that people are at the centre, to support transformational change, and to promote the third sector as a strategic and delivery partner. This review invites your perspective on all of this in relation to the future of mental health law and services for autistic people and people with learning disability in Scotland.

The Independent Review of Learning Disability and Autism in the Mental Health Act is chaired by Andrew Rome. Our suggestions for the law are available in plain English and in easy read. You can give your views until 1 November 2019.

In this human rights based review, we aim to involve people with lived experience and professionals on an equal basis across all aspects of the review. Our advisory groups support us to develop our approach to consultation. Those groups include equal numbers of people with lived experience and professionals. In this review, we give equal weight to evidence from people with lived experience and from professionals. We have worked to make each stage of the review accessible to all people.

We cover these areas in the consultation:

  • How we understand autism, learning disability and mental health.
  • Support for decision making.
  • Support, care and treatment, and where this happens.
  • How professionals make decisions.
  • How decisions are monitored.
  • Support, care and treatment for offenders, and where this happens.
  • What this means for the law.

Please take part at https://www.irmha.scot/

The ALLIANCE is hosting a members event with the Review Team on 25 October 2019 to support organisations and individuals to respond. More information is available on our events pages.

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