Placement in a mental health care institution for a forensic psychiatric assessment is a very severe restriction of physical liberty. It should be applied only after careful consideration of whether another way of conducting an assessment may not be possible and whether it is very important for the case.Moreover, you should only be held as long as necessary for the assessment. Therefore, it is important to regularly review the need for your placement in a mental health care institution.  

What human rights violation can there be?

If the need for involuntary placement is not regularly reviewed and you are not given an opportunity to challenge prolonged involuntary placement, it may result in the violation of the right to liberty and the security of a person.

About this section

This section of the Guide explains who can ask for the review of a decision on your placement in a mental health care institution, the procedure which should be followed and what your basic rights during the procedure are. 

Human Rights Guide

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