Why this is important

An involuntary treatment order (ITO), means that a person can be treated for their mental illness without their consent. This happens when a person is assessed against the provisions set out in legislation as being in need of treatment, has a mental illness and is a risk to themselves or others, but is unable to make a decision about their own treatment.

The Commission believes that a high rate of ITOs, whether in hospital or in the community, is a marker of a system which is not intervening early or effectively in the course of a person’s mental distress or increasing illness. Treatment in hospital should be a last resort for people and their families. Involuntary treatment can be a very traumatising or re-traumatising experience 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 68.2
Involuntary patient orders 71.7
Involuntary admissions 230.5

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Last updated: 6 July 2018