Review of the Operation of ss.135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in England and Wales
This article was first published on Lexis®PSL Private Client on 15 April 2014.
1. What are the key sections of the Mental Health Act 1983 that are being reviewed in the consultation?
The consultation is reviewing the operation of sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983. This gives the police powers to temporarily remove people, who appear to be suffering from a mental disorder and who need urgent care, to a "place of safety" so that a mental health assessment can be carried out and appropriate arrangements made for their care.