Summary of legislation of the Mental Health Act 1983
Parliament of the United Kingdom created The Mental Health Act of 1983 in order to address issues of care and treatment of persons with a mental disorder. This Act also covered management issues for these people involving their property and all other aspects. The main part of the care for these individuals that this act covered was the ability to hold them for treatment in the hospital, access their disorder, and hold them in police custody against their will.
This Act also gives the Approved Mental Health Physician the ability to apply for a "magistrates order" for those individuals who are refusing to let them in for an assessment. This order gives the right to entry for the police to take the individual to a "place of safety", which is a psychiatric hospital or police station. This same order from the magistrate gives police the right to take some one they believe to be mentally disordered to a place of safety to be evaluated