Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) - Forced treatment
Can I be forced to have treatment under a community treatment order (CTO)?
Health professionals cannot give you treatment if you don’t want it when you are on a CTO. They can only give you treatment you don’t want if you are called back to hospital.
If you refuse treatment when you are on a CTO, your responsible clinician (RC) could say you have to go back to hospital.
What will happen if I lack mental capacity?
If you lack mental capacity to decide about treatment health professionals may talk to your Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). If you don’t have an LPA they can ask a Court of Protection appointed deputy. They can decide for you. You may not have an LPA or deputy.
If you lack mental capacity your RC may approve treatment for you in the community unless:
- you made a valid ‘advanced statement’ that says you don’t want that treatment,
- your LPA for welfare does not think that you should have the treatment, or
- your court appointed deputy does not think you should have the treatment.
You can get treatment in an emergency even if your advanced statement, your LPA or court appointed deputy don’t agree. This can happen if:
- your life is at risk,
- your mental health will get worse without treatment, or
- you are a danger to yourself or others.
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