The Mental Health Act 1982 & Section 117 Aftercare
Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1982 applies to anyone who has been detained under the following sections:
- for treatment under section 3 (the most common)
- under a hospital order under section 37
- following transfer from prison under section 47 or 48
- under a hospital direction under section 45A
Please not that section 117 does not apply to individuals who are detained under section 2 of the Mental Health Act.
An individual can be detained under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act if the individual has:
- A mental disorder
- It is necessary for their own health or safety or for the protection of others
- Their treatment cannot be given unless detained in hospital
- And doctors must agree that appropriate treatment is available.
Under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act, an individual can be detained for up to six months. This can be renewed or extended by the individual’s responsible clinician. There is no limit to the number of times the section can be renewed.
The responsible clinician can also discharge an individual from the section before it comes to an end.