Community Treatment Orders (CTOs)
This section gives information about community treatment orders (CTO). It explains how your CTO is made and what your rights are. It explains how you can challenge your CTO if you do not agree with it.
- You can get a community treatment order (CTO) if you have been in hospital under the Mental Health Act. Your responsible clinician can arrange it.
- A CTO means you will have supervised treatment when you leave hospital.
- You will have to follow conditions if you are on a CTO. These conditions should help you stay well.
- Conditions can protect you from harming yourself or other people. They can include where you will live or where you will get treatment.
- A care coordinator will help you to manage your CTO.
- If you break the conditions of your CTO you can be brought back to hospital. Your responsible clinician can bring you back if they think that you are unwell. They can keep you in hospital for up to 72 hours while they decide what should happen next.
- You can challenge a CTO if you do not think you should be on one. You can get legal aid to pay for a solicitor to help you do this.
- You have the right to see an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA). An IMHA can help you to understand your rights and could help if you are not happy with any of your CTO conditions.
This section covers:
- Key Words
- What is a community treatment order (CTO)?
- Will I get a community treatment order?
- Will I get a guardianship or leave of absence instead of a community treatment order (CTO)?
- What support will I get in the community if I am under a community treatment order?
- What conditions will my community treatment order (CTO) have?
- Can I be forced to have treatment under a community treatment order?
- What happens if I do not follow the conditions?
- Frequently asked questions about going back to hospital?
- How long will my community treatment order last?
- How will my community treatment order end?
- Can I end my community treatment order?
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service. Last reviewed in March 2016. Next review March 2019.
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