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We will now look at The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003, which was passed by the Scottish Parliament in March of 2003 and came into effect in October 2005.

This act increases the rights and protection of people with mental disorders, which is a term that includes personality disorder, learning disability, and mental illness.

The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 plays a significant role and adds strict obligations on local councils by outlining when you can be given treatment against your will, when you can be taken to hospital against your will, your rights while receiving care and treatment, and the safeguarding processes designed to protect you.

In summary, The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 is designed to strengthen and safeguard the rights of service users to ensure that they receive appropriate care and treatment, based on the principle of least restrictive intervention. It provides a comprehensive framework for addressing the needs of persons with diagnosed mental disorders.