Why this is important

An involuntary treatment order (ITO), means that under the law, a person can be treated for their mental illness without their permission. This happens when a person is judged to being in need of treatment, has a mental illness and is a risk to themselves or others, and is unable to make a decision about their own treatment.

The Commission believes that a high number of ITOs, in hospital or in the community, means that we are not helping people early enough when they experience mental distress or increasing illness. Treatment in hospital should be a last resort for people and their families. Involuntary treatment can be very traumatising or re-traumatising for the person involved. 

Indicator: Decrease the rate of involuntary treatment orders (inpatient and community) issued

Indicator measures Current rate (per 100,000 people)
Community treatment orders 69.2
Involuntary patient orders 68.2
Involuntary admissions 218.3

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Last updated: 8 January 2020