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Mental health law changes opposed

Title: Mental health law changes opposed
Date: Saturday, 7 June 1997
Publisher: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Author: Amanda Phelan
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People who spend money unwisely or damage their own reputation could be classified as mentally ill and forcibly taken away for treatment in an institution, under new mental health legislation due to come into effect within two weeks. Under the new laws, police will be able to take people from their home to hospital for psychiatric assessment for three days or longer. The changes to the Mental Health Act are strongly supported by relatives and friends of the mentally ill. However, ... [Read the rest at]