The Commission was originally set up in 1960
under the Mental Health Act. Our duties are set out in current
mental health and incapacity law.
We are accountable to Ministers at the Scottish Government for
our statutory duties and how we spend public money. We carry out
our work and produce reports independently from the Scottish
The law says that we must have service users and carers on the
Board. This means that the service user and carer voice is at the
heart of our decision making.
Watch this short film about who we are, and what we do, and read
This film is available with
BSL translation here.
Board - publicly appointed Board members who
govern the Commission.
Staff - the teams who do the day-to-day work
of the Commission and are the first point of contact for the
What we do
We carry out our statutory duties by focussing on five main
areas of work. They are visiting people, monitoring the acts,
investigations, information and advice, and influencing and
This section has information about the main activities we carry
out in order to fulfill this role.