An application can be made to SACAT for a Level 3 Inpatient treatment order (ITO).
An application can be made in respect of a person to whom a level 1 or level 2 Inpatient treatment order applies.
What does SACAT consider?
SACAT will consider whether
- the person has a mental illness and because of the illness, the person requires treatment either for their protection from harm or for the protection of others from harm and
- the person has impaired decision-making capacity and
- there is no less restrictive means than an Inpatient treatment order of ensuring appropriate treatment of the illness
- in considering whether there are less restrictive means SACAT must consider whether the person would be able to receive appropriate treatment in the community.
SACAT does not specify what treatment a person with a mental illness is to receive where a Level 3 Inpatient Treatment Order has been made.
This is a matter for the person’s treating doctor in the community or at the approved treatment centre.
Who can apply?
An application for a Level 3 ITO can be made by
- the Public Advocate
- the Director of an approved treatment centre
- an employee in an approved treatment centre authorised by the director.
SACAT also undertake internal reviews about Level 3 ITOs