In Scotland, there are several pieces of law
that ensure people with mental illness, learning disabilities,
dementia and related conditions get appropriate treatment and have
their rights respected.
The Mental Welfare Commission has duties under the Mental
Health (Care & Treatment) (Scotland) Act
2003 and the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.
We monitor the acts to see how the law is being used. We also help
professionals, people who receive care and treatment and carers to
understand the law and put it into practice.
We're not solicitors, so we can't give legal advice. But we can
help by looking at how best to apply legal and ethical principles
to individuals' care and treatment.