The Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act (IPTA) is meant to assist persons who have a mental disorder or severe mental illness, and:
- are a danger to themselves or others, or are at risk of becoming a danger to themselves or others
- need to be cared for in a safe and supervised environment (as an in-patient in a hospital)
- are not able to make decisions about their care.
The IPTA does not apply to people who can make decisions for themselves (are ‘competent’).
For more information about the IPTA, click here.