Treatment may include medication, talking with health professionals and undertaking activities which help with recovery from the illness. This will be written down in a Treatment and Care Plan which is a requirement under the Mental Health Act 2009 (SA).
Can people be treated against their will?
Involuntary treatment can only occur when an authorised medical practitioner or psychiatrist concludes that: -
(a) the person has a mental illness; and
(b) because of the mental illness, the person requires treatment for the person's own protection from harm (including harm involved in the continuation or deterioration of the person's condition) or for the protection of others from harm; and
In the case of Community Treatment Orders
(c) there are facilities and services available for appropriate treatment of the illness; and
(d) there is no less restrictive means than a Community Treatment Order of ensuring appropriate treatment of the person's illness; and
In the case of Detention and Treatment orders
(c) there is no less restrictive means than a Detention and Treatment Order to ensuring appropriate treatment of the person's illness.
The authorised medical practitioner or psychiatrist must also consider, amongst other things, “the prospects of the person receiving all treatment of the illness necessary for the protection of the person and others on a voluntary basis or (in considering Detention and Treatment Orders) on a Community Treatment Order”.
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