This online publication is a guide to the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992, which is the law relating to compulsory assessment and treatment of people with mental illness. The information has been developed by the Wellington Community Law Centre as a legal resource for people who experience mental illness. It is also useful for friends, family, whanau and organisations supporting people who experience mental illness. It provides information about how the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992 works, the rights of people receiving assessment and treatment under this Act and where to go for help.
This online publication has been made available by the Wellington Community Law Centre and the Legal Services Agency and is one chapter from their publication Mental Health & the Law, written by Sarah Mackenzie and Nicola Shirlaw. It replaces the Ministry's earlier publication in this area, A User's Guide to the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992.
If you would like to purchase a copy of Mental Health & the Law, contact the publisher, Educational Resources:
PO Box 19050
Ph: 04 801-7066
Fax: 04 801-7067
The Ministry of Health acknowledges the help and generosity of the Wellington Community Law Centre and the Legal Services Agency in making this chapter available on the Ministry's website.
The information on this page is copyrighted to the Wellington Community Law Centre (2002), but can be reproduced for your information, or for reprinting in community publications, provided the source is acknowledged.
For other use contact:
Wellington Community Law Centre
PO Box 24005
Phone: 04 499 2928
Fax: 04 472 2320
Please note that the information about contact details for District Inspectors has been updated since Mental Health & the Law was published in 2002. This list was last updated in November 2006.