If a defendant or offender’s mental health condition seems moderate to severe, or an individual with a learning disability is displaying ‘abnormally aggressive’ or ‘seriously irresponsible behaviour’, you may need to consider whether they should be in hospital. This could be for a temporary admission for assessment and/or treatment, or it could be more long term. There are a number of sections of the Mental Health Act that you can use during court proceedings and as a sentencing option.
Arrangements for such disposals can be complex and the legal adviser will be able to provide further information.
The main disposals for mentally disordered defendants and offenders are:
For further information on the Prison Reform Trust:
Phone 020 7251 5070Email firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on Rethink Mental Illness:
Phone 0300 5000 927Email email@example.com
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