A compulsory treatment order (CTO) allows for
a person to be treated for their mental illness.
The CTO will set out a number of conditions that you will need
to comply with. These conditions will depend on whether you have to
stay in hospital or are in the community.
Your mental health officer (MHO) will make an application for a
CTO to the Mental Health Tribunal. The application must include two
medical reports, an MHO report and a proposed care plan.
You and your named person should be informed if an application
for a CTO is to be made.
The Tribunal decides whether a CTO is to be granted. The
Tribunal is made up of three people - a lawyer, a psychiatrist, and
another person with relevant skills and experience, e.g. a nurse,
social worker, or someone with personal experience of mental
You have the right to make your views heard by the Tribunal.
The CTO can last up to six months. It can be extended for a
further six months and then for periods of 12 months at a
You can be given medical treatment while on a CTO if the
Tribunal agree to it, or in an emergency. Your responsible medical
officer (RMO) must follow the safeguards outlined in part 16 of the
Mental Health Act when giving you treatment.
You have the right to an independent advocate. This is someone
who helps you say what you think about your treatment. Your MHO
should let you know how to get help from an independent
If a compulsory treatment order is made you, or your named
person, can apply to the Tribunal for it to be removed once the
order has been in force for three months. Your RMO should keep the
need for the order under constant review, and can revoke it if you
no longer need to be subject to the order.
The Scottish Government has produced guides on the Mental Health
Act which, although under reivew, may be helpful to people
receiving care and treatment and their carers.