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Mental Health Law Team
Mental Health and Protection of Rights Division
3ER St Andrew's House
Regent Road

Mental Health (Scotland) Act 2015 - information by group

These pages provide information about how some changes brought in by  the 2015 Act will make a difference for individual service users and their carers and professionals who work with them. This is not intended to include everything, but will highlight some of the key areas that might most affect you. More information about the all the changes in the 2015 Act is available in the explanatory notes to the 2015 Act.

To help with planning for the changes, we will be providing more in-depth guidance about what the changes are and how they will be brought in.

The information is listed in the order of the sections of the 2015 Act that bring in the changes. The majority of these changes are in force from 30 June 2017.

Individuals, carers and families

Mental Health Officers

Responsible Medical Officers

Nursing staff

Mental Health Act administrators and medical records staff

Organisations and hospital managers

Glossary of terms