Mental health legal status code N
Identifying and definitional attributes
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|Registration status:||Health, Superseded 20/01/2021|
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 20/12/2016
ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018
A code set representing whether a person is treated on an involuntary basis under the relevant state or territory mental health legislation.
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Collection and usage attributes
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CODE 1 Involuntary patient
Involuntary patient should only be used by facilities which are approved for this purpose. While each state and territory mental health legislation differs in the number of categories of involuntary patient that are recognised, and the specific titles and legal conditions applying to each type, the legal status categories which provide for compulsory detention or compulsory treatment of the patient can be readily differentiated within each jurisdiction. These include special categories for forensic patients who are charged with or convicted of some form of criminal activity. Each state/territory health authority should identify which sections of their mental health legislation provide for detention or compulsory treatment of the patient and code these as involuntary status.
CODE 2 Voluntary patient
Voluntary patient to be used for reporting to the Community mental health care NMDS, where applicable.
CODE 9 Not reported/unknown
This code is to be used if the mental health legal status for the patient is either not reported or unknown.
|Related metadata references:|
Has been superseded by Mental health legal status code N Health, Standard 20/01/2021
Supersedes Mental health legal status code N Health, Superseded 07/12/2011, Commonwealth Department of Health, Candidate 16/07/2015
|Data elements implementing this value domain:|
Episode of care—mental health legal status, code N Health, Superseded 07/03/2014
Episode of care—mental health legal status, code N Health, Superseded 18/12/2019
Episode of care—mental health legal status, code N Health, Superseded 20/01/2021