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Mental Health Bill published 23/06/2014 Scottish Ministers have published the Mental Health (Scotland) Bill, which will ensure that victims of crime are notified when offenders are released from mental health institution.

Mental Health Bill published

Scottish Ministers have published the Mental Health (Scotland) Bill, which, among other things, will ensure that victims of crime are notified when offenders are released from mental health institution.

Currently, the victim notification scheme only applies if the perpetrator of the crime is serving their sentence in a prison. It will now be extended to offenders who are detained in hospital under a mental health order.

Victims will be notified if the offender is about to be released, on a permanent or temporary basis, or if they have absconded. In line with the rest of the victim notification scheme, only generic details will be released. It will only apply to certain indictable offences punishable by a custodial sentence of twelve months or greater.

The Bill, which amends the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003, will also create a new central register of advance statements to be held by the Mental Welfare Commission, and allow mentally ill patients to decide not to have a named person assigned to them.

 

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