Stage 1 Report from Review of Learning Disability and Autism published today

31st May 2019

The independent review of Learning Disability and Autism in the Mental Health Act in Scotland has today published its stage 1 report.

This report contains experiences and views from people across Scotland who have experienced care under the Mental Health Act, and who have worked with the Act as professionals. It contains perspectives from unpaid carers, from organisations of autistic people or people with learning disability, and from professional organisations. The report also summarises the findings of a range of relevant reports on mental health and human rights in Scotland.

Andrew Rome, Chair of the review, said:

In stage 1, the review team spoke to people across Scotland with experience of being under the Mental Health Act. Some people told us about how this helped to provide the care that they needed at the time. We did hear of some negative experiences, particularly about being in hospital.

This independent review was commissioned by Scottish Government. The review is considering whether learning disability and autism should continue to be conditions that are covered by the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.

Stage 2 of the review has been looking at possible options for reform of this Act, to better promote and protect the human rights of these groups of people.

Findings from stage 2 will be reflected in consultation documents for stage 3, to be released at the end of August 2019. In stage 3, the review will seek comment on options for law in an open consultation.

The review’s final report and recommendations will be submitted the Scottish Government’s Minister for Mental Health in December 2019.