This Rapid Response Guidance Note relating to COVID-19 and the Mental Health Act is intended to assist those involved in Mental Health Act assessments, in particular patients, nearest relatives, approved mental health professionals (‘AMHPs’), and doctors. We focus on the civil admissions process, not the amendments to the criminal admissions process or to the three-month medication rule.
What follows is a general discussion, as opposed to legal advice on the facts of individual cases, which the team can provide. This document cannot take the place of legal advice.
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