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Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Amendment Bill

The Health Committee is calling for public submissions on the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Amendment Bill.

The bill seeks to improve the protection of individual rights and the safety of patients and the public. It also aims to enable the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992 to be applied more effectively. The bill would amend the Act by: ​removing indefinite treatment orders allowing a family member or caregiver of a patient to be present by audio or video link when the notice relating to the assessment is explained authorising the legal custodian of a special patient to agree that a government agency transport the patient to appear before a court or the New Zealand Parole Board.

You can read more here.

Please note the short timeframe.

Please send feedback to belinda.tuari-toma@nzno.org.nz by 10 May.

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