Journal article

Five years after implementation: A review of the Irish Mental Health Act 2001

Hugh Ramsay, Eric Roche, Brian O'Donoghue

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LAW AND PSYCHIATRY | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2013

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: The Mental Health Act 2001 (MHA 2001) was implemented in November 2006. Since that time, there has been considerable research into its impact, including the impact on service provision, use of coercive practices and the perceptions by key stakeholders. Our objective is to present a summary of research into the MHA 2001 since its implementation in the Irish state in the context of international standards and practice. METHODS: We reviewed the literature presented on Medline and Google Scholar, directly assessed relevant journals and sought abstract information from the College of Psychiatry of Ireland. RESULTS: There has been a small decrease in the rate of involuntary admission s..

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