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Mental Health Law: Policy and Practice

Mental Health Law: Policy and Practice (4th edn)

Peter Bartlett and Ralph Sandland
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date: 06 October 2022

2. An Overview of the Contemporary Mental Health Systemlocked

2. An Overview of the Contemporary Mental Health Systemlocked

  • Peter BartlettPeter BartlettNottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Professor of Mental Health Law, University of Nottingham
  •  and Ralph SandlandRalph SandlandAssociate Professor in Law, University of Nottingham

Abstract

This chapter begins with a sketch of the contemporary mental health system, and then discusses the rise and fall of asylum-based provision, the development of community care, and life inside a psychiatric facility. It argues that the mental health system will continue, as it always has done, to be framed in terms of the negotiation of a balance or compromise between our bi-focal response to mental disorder, prompted both by concern about the plight of fellow human beings and by a desire to control behaviour judged to be dangerous or antisocial.

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