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Mental health legal status code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termValue Domain
METeOR identifier:Help on this term471181
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 20/01/2021
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 20/12/2016
ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018
Definition:Help on this term

A code set representing whether a person is treated on an involuntary basis under the relevant state or territory mental health legislation.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Involuntary patient
2Voluntary patient
Supplementary values:Help on this term
9Not reported/unknown

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.

Relational attributes

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Has been superseded by Mental health legal status code N Health, Standard 20/01/2021

Supersedes Mental health legal status code N Health, Superseded 07/12/2011, Commonwealth Department of Health, Candidate 16/07/2015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:Help on this term

Episode of care—mental health legal status, code N Health, Superseded 07/03/2014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
Tasmanian Health, Archived 19/06/2020
ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

Episode of care—mental health legal status, code N Health, Superseded 20/01/2021
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 19/06/2020

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