You are hereHantsweb HomeProfessionals & practitionersMental health strategies, plans and the law

Professionals and Practitioners

Mental health strategies, plans, decision making and the law

Strategies and plans

The New Hampshire Mental Health Strategy

Hampshire County Council Adult Services and NHS Hampshire launched the Joint Adult Mental Health Commissioning Strategy on 6 June 2012. This strategy supports good mental health and wellbeing by commissioning services that meet the needs of all our communities. It has been developed jointly by health and social care commissioners, following extensive consultation with service users, carers, statutory, voluntary sector providers and other stakeholders

Work will continue with service users, carers, GPs, providers and other stakeholders to implement other changes over the five years of the strategy.


Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy service

The Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) service is central to the working of the Mental Capacity Act. Advocates work with and support people who lack capacity, and represent their views to those who are working in the best interests.


Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS)

DOLS are an important new protection for people who are at risk of being deprived of their liberty in a hospital or a registered care home, who lack capacity to consent to the arrangements and are not detained under the Mental Health Act 1983


Related Acts

Mental Health Capacity Act 2005

The Mental Health Capacity Act is designed to protect people who cannot make decisions for themselves or lack the mental capacity to do so.

A person may have difficulties making some decisions either all or some of the time. This could be because of a range of reasons including a learning disability, dementia, a mental health problem, a brain injury or alcohol or drug abuse.

Read more about:

Mental Health Act 2007

The Mental Health Act says how you can be treated if you have a mental disorder, and makes clear what your rights are.

The key points of the Mental Health Act 2007 are outlined on MIND's website and you can read an overview of the amendments on the Department of Health's website.

The full Mental Health Act 2007 can be found on the website of the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI).