Supervised Community Treatment

Supervised Community Treatment is a type of ACTIVITY GROUP.

Supervised Community Treatment (section 17A) was introduced by the Mental Health Act 2007. It allows a PATIENT, sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983 as amended in the Mental Health Act 2007, to be treated in the community, with powers to require compliance with a treatment regime, and powers of recall back to hospital for treatment if necessary.

Supervised Community Treatment applies to PATIENTS detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 and as amended in the Mental Health Act 2007, typically section 3 or 37. The underlying section of the PATIENT will be carried through the period in the community although it will be suspended during that period.

The term Supervised Community Treatment refers to the treatment regime and Community Treatment Order to the actual instrument although both terms are used interchangeably.

A PATIENT on Supervised Community Treatment may be recalled to hospital for treatment where deemed necessary by the Mental Health Responsible Clinician (Supervised Community Treatment Recall).

A PATIENT may be recalled to hospital for treatment during a period of Supervised Community Treatment. The recall will not automatically end the Community Treatment Order. Recall can only last for a maximum period of 72 hours. If the PATIENT needs more inpatient treatment, the Community Treatment Order can be revoked and the PATIENT is detained in hospital again.

If there is a risk to the PATIENT's health or safety or to that of someone else, the Mental Health Responsible Clinician may recall the PATIENT. If they go missing or do not report to hospital on recall or abscond once there, they are then subject to Mental Health Absence Without Leave provisions in the same way as a detained PATIENT and their Community Treatment Order is revoked.

Supervised Community Treatment period can be ended by the following methods:

1. Discharge or death of the PATIENT.
2. Revocation of the Community Treatment Order following a period of recall to hospital. The PATIENT will return to being under the original underlying section of the Mental Health Act 1983 under which they were sectioned immediately prior to the issuing of the Community Treatment Order.

Supervised Community Treatment must be considered as an option by the Mental Health Responsible Clinician prior to granting or extending a Mental Health Leave of Absence for more than seven days (or for an indefinite period).

Information recorded for each separate period of Supervised Community Treatment includes:


This supporting information is also known by these names:
pluralSupervised Community Treatments