Supported decision-making

Supported decision-making should be embedded across the mental health system to reduce coercion

This paper sets out the Mental Health Foundation’s (MHF) position on support decision-making as it relates to the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992 (the Mental Health Act).

The MHF recommends:

  • All services and supports should enable tāngata whaiora to make their own decisions about their mental health care, treatment and recovery.
  • Aotearoa New Zealand’s legal frameworks should embed support decision-making within our mental health system.
  • Legal reform must be supported by clear national policy and adequate resourcing and guidance to support service and practice changes over time. 


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