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Mental Health: Legislation

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that the new mental health advocacy services are put in place before the introduction of community treatment orders under the Mental Health Act 2007. (190530)

The main provisions of the 2007 Mental Health Act, including those for community treatment orders, are being introduced from October 2008. Due to the need to develop suitable training and commissioning arrangements for independent mental health advocates the Department aims to implement the provisions of the Mental Health Act in respect of independent mental health advocacy from April 2009.