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.