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Admissions under the Mental Health Act 1987

Rajesh Jacob

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2008.075


The Mental Health Act 1987 applies to all psychiatric hospitals run by the state or central government as well as by private and voluntary sectors with facilities for outpatient treatment and registered with the appropriate licensing authority. Admission procedures for patients with psychiatric illnesses in the MHA 1987 come under three categories: voluntary admission, admission under special circumstances, and reception orders issued by magistrates.

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