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The Chief Psychiatrist has developed a Chief Psychiatrist Standard: Monitoring of Compliance with Community Treatment Orders as required under the Mental Health Act 2009 (the Act). The Standard applies to all those involved in the administration and operation of the Act across public and private settings and is aimed at ensuring services comply with their legislative requirements.

The use of Community Treatment Orders is a last resort option for health staff to ensure the safety of people with a mental illness and the communities in which they live.

Compliance with the Standard is from 1 December 2022, as indicated within the current version.

Any feedback about the Standard and implementation can be emailed to