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Compulsion in the community? The introduction of supervised community treatment

  • Guy Brookes and Nick Brindle

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Supervised community treatment (SCT) is one of the most prominent amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983. It has divided opinion among health professionals and introduces significant powers not previously available in England and Wales. This article considers how SCT fits into the established legislative framework and how it may affect the care delivered by mental health practitioners.

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Corresponding author

Guy Brookes, Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team, Becklin Centre, Alma Street, Leeds LS9 7BE, UK. Email: guy.brookes@leedspft.nhs.uk

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See also pp. 253–259, 260–262 and 263–271, this issue.

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