Mental Health Act: the rise in the use of the MHA to detain people in England

Care Quality Commission, January 2018

Between 2005/06 and 2015/16, the reported number of uses of the Mental Health Act (MHA) increased by 40%. It is well established that people from Black and minority ethnic groups are much more likely to be detained than those in White British groups. In October 2017, in response to these and other concerns, the government announced an independent review of the MHA. This review will make recommendations for improvements to legislation and practice in late 2018.  This paper identifies the following key factors:

  • Changes in mental health service provision and bed management
  • Demographic and social change
  • Legal and policy developments that have influenced practice
  • Data reporting and data quality

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