Review of Mental Health Act 2001

The Mental Health Act 2001 is the key piece of legislation regarding the rights of people involuntarily detained and treated in approved centres within our mental health services and a commitment to review the Act is contained in the current Programme for Government.

In June 2012, Minister of State Kathleen Lynch TD published an interim report by a Steering Group (established 2011) which carried out an initial review of the Act “informed by human rights standards and in consultation with service users, carers and other stakeholders”. The report received a broad welcome from key stakeholders.

An Expert Group was subsequently established to carry out the second and substantive phase of the review which will be completed in 2014.