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Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010

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This law places new legal duties on local health boards and local authorities about the assessment and treatment of mental health problems.

The Measure (external link) will help people with mental health problems by:

  • increasing independent mental health advocacy
  • ensuring care is in place across Wales which  focuses on people’s mental health needs.

The Measure became law in December 2010.  

The Measure has 4 main parts:

  • part 1 of the Measure will ensure more mental health services are available within primary care
  • part 2 makes sure all patients in secondary services have a Care and Treatment plan
  • part 3 enables all adults discharged from secondary services to refer themselves back to those services
  • part 4 supports every in-patient to have help from an independent mental health advocate if wanted.