A short guide to the mental health act 1983 more than a decade later the act is being looked at again through a government commissioned independent review of the actthis was announced in october 2017 by prime minister theresa may and its remit includes tackling rising rates of detention and the persistent problem of the over representation of some black asian and minority ethnic groups in . Key legislation mental health act 1983 the mental health act mha 2007 came into force in november 2008 the act primarily amends and updates the mha 1983 i it supports dignity in care by setting out the processes that must be followed and the safeguards for patients to ensure that they are not inappropriately detained or treated. About the mha 1983 the mental health act mha 1983 is the law in england and wales which was updated in 2007 it tells people with mental health problems what their rights are regarding assessment and treatment in hospital treatment in the community pathways into hospital which can be civil or criminal. Association of social workers basw launched a new inquiry social workers and a new mental health act the inquiry was established in response to the independent review of the mental health act 1983 published in december 2018 and chaired by sir simon wessely. The mental health act 1983 c20 is an act of the parliament of the united kingdom which applies to people in england and walesit covers the reception care and treatment of mentally disordered persons the management of their property and other related matters in particular it provides the legislation by which people diagnosed with a mental disorder can be detained in hospital or police
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