Mental Health Alliance report on the implementation of Supervised Community Treatment released

Release Date: 07 September 2010

Source: Mental Health Foundation

Country: United Kingdom

The Mental Health Alliance (of which the Mental Health Foundation is a member) published on 7 September 2010 a report on the implementation and impact of the Supervised Community Treatment (SCT) arrangements introduced in the Mental Health Act 2007.  

Under SCT powers, certain patients in England and Wales subject to detention for treatment in hospital under the Mental Health Act may be given a Community Treatment Order (CTO) when discharged from hospital. This Order contains conditions that patients must adhere to, including taking their medication.

A key finding of the report is that the use of SCT in its first year was significantly higher than the Government expected. An estimated four to five thousand people are on CTOs nearly two years after they were introduced. Views are divided on whether CTOs are helpful, and concerns remain about their effectiveness. Download the report at the Mental Health Alliance website.