Mental Health Law: Policy and Practice

Paperback | October 30, 2013

byPeter Bartlett, Ralph Sandland

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Written by two of the country's leading specialists in mental health law, this book provides a detailed overview of the law and the socio-legal, historical, sociological, and cultural issues that surround it. Mental health law, at its heart, involves the forcible confinement and medication ofsome of society's most vulnerable people, and the authors look closely at the legal and social issues raised by this, and the human rights of those who suffer from mental illness. With reference to recent cases and new legislation, Peter Bartlett and Ralph Sandland analyse the legal structure and functions of the mental health system, and the problems of characterizing mental health law. The case law and statutes contain implied premises as to what it is to be a citizen, whatthe role of the state is for the vulnerable, and what the relative roles of law and medicine are in the regulation of control and deviance. Mental health law is an area of considerable legal and social complexity, and the authors challenge readers to question the system and the policies that havebeen developed.

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Written by two of the country's leading specialists in mental health law, this book provides a detailed overview of the law and the socio-legal, historical, sociological, and cultural issues that surround it. Mental health law, at its heart, involves the forcible confinement and medication ofsome of society's most vulnerable people, an...

Peter Bartlett is Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Professor of Mental Health Law in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham. Ralph Sandland is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:736 pagesPublished:October 30, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199661502

ISBN - 13:9780199661503

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1. Conceptualising mental health law2. An overview of the contemporary mental health system3. Community care4. The Mental Capacity Act5. Deprivation of liberty under the Mental Capacity Act 20056. Civil detention under the Mental Health Act7. Policing mental disorder8. Mental disorder and criminal justice9. Medical treatment10. Control in the community11. Ending compulsion under the Mental Health Act12. Legal responses and advocacy for clients