Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Amendment Act 2016

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1 Title

This Act is the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Amendment Act 2016.

2 Commencement

(1)

This Act comes into force on a date appointed by the Governor-General by Order in Council, and 1 or more Orders in Council may be made bringing different provisions into force on different dates.

(2)

Any provision that has not earlier been brought into force comes into force on the day that is 2 years after the date on which this Act receives the Royal assent.

3 Principal Act

This Act amends the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992 (the principal Act).

4 Section 2 amended (Interpretation)

(1)

In section 2(1), insert in their appropriate alphabetical order:

health practitioner has the same meaning as in section 5 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

nurse practitioner means a health practitioner who—

(a)

is, or is deemed to be, registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand continued by section 114(1)(a) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 as a practitioner of the profession of nursing and whose scope of practice permits the performance of nurse practitioner functions; and

(b)

holds a current practising certificate

primary health care provider means a health practitioner who manages and provides primary and ongoing health care to a patient

(2)

In section 2(1), definition of nurse, delete “general”.

5 Section 2A amended (Meaning of proposed patient)

In section 2A(b), replace “medical practitioner” with “health practitioner”.

6 Section 7A amended (Medical practitioner or responsible clinician to consult)

(1)

In the heading to section 7A, replace Medical practitioner with Practitioner.

(2)

In section 7A(1)(a), replace “medical practitioner” with “health practitioner”.

7 Section 8B amended (Medical practitioner’s certificate to accompany application for assessment)

(1)

Replace the heading to section 8B with Certificate to accompany application for assessment.

(2)

In section 8B, replace “medical practitioner” with “health practitioner” in each place.

(3)

After section 8B(5), insert:

(6)

In this section,—

health practitioner means—

(a)

a medical practitioner; or

(b)

a nurse practitioner; or

(c)

a registered nurse practising in mental health

registered nurse practising in mental health means a health practitioner who—

(a)

is, or is deemed to be, registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand continued by section 114(1)(a) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 as a practitioner of the profession of nursing and whose scope of practice includes the assessment of a person’s mental capacity; and

(b)

holds a current practising certificate.

8 Section 9 amended (Assessment examination to be arranged and conducted)

(1)

Replace section 9(1) with:

(1)

When the Director of Area Mental Health Services or a duly authorised officer receives notice of an application made under section 8A from the health practitioner who issued the certificate accompanying that application, the Director of Area Mental Health Services must make the necessary arrangements for the proposed patient to immediately undergo an assessment examination.

(1A)

Notice of an application made under section 8A may be given by any means, including by telephone.

(2)

Replace section 9(3) and (4) with:

(3)

An assessment examination must be conducted by a health practitioner who is—

(a)

a psychiatrist approved by the Director of Area Mental Health Services for the purposes of the assessment examination, or of assessment examinations generally; or

(b)

if no such psychiatrist is reasonably available, a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner (not being a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner who issued the certificate under section 8B(4)(b)) who, in the opinion of the Director of Mental Health, is suitably qualified to conduct the assessment examination or assessment examinations generally.

(4)

The Director of Mental Health may delegate his or her function under subsection (3)(b) to the Director of Area Mental Health Services.

9 Section 10 amended (Certificate of preliminary assessment)

(1)

In section 10(1), replace “medical practitioner shall” with “health practitioner must”.

(2)

In section 10(2), replace “medical practitioner shall” with “health practitioner must”.

(3)

In section 10(2)(d) and (3), replace “medical practitioner” with “health practitioner”.

(4)

In section 10(4),—

(a)

replace “medical practitioner considers” with “health practitioner considers”; and

(b)

replace “medical practitioner shall” with “health practitioner must”.

(5)

In section 10(4)(a)(v), replace “medical practitioner” with “primary health care provider”.

10 Section 11 amended (Further assessment and treatment for 5 days)

In section 11(1) and (2), replace “medical practitioner” with “health practitioner” in each place.

11 Section 12 amended (Certificate of further assessment)

In section 12(5)(e), replace “medical practitioner” with “primary health care provider”.

12 Section 14A amended (Documents relating to application for compulsory treatment order)

In section 14A(2)(d), replace “medical practitioner” with “primary health care provider”.

13 Section 29 amended (Community treatment orders)

In section 29(6)(c), replace “medical practitioner” with “primary health care provider”.

14 Section 76 amended (Clinical reviews of persons subject to compulsory treatment orders)

In section 76(7)(b)(iv), replace “medical practitioner” with “primary health care provider”.

15 Section 79 amended (Tribunal reviews of persons subject to compulsory treatment orders)

In section 79(10)(g), replace “medical practitioner” with “primary health care provider”.

16 Section 91 amended (Director and Deputy Director of Mental Health)

In section 91(4), after “Act”, insert “(other than the function in section 9(3)(b))”.

17 Section 96 amended (Visitations by district inspectors and official visitors)

(1)

In section 96(4), replace “medical practitioner” with “health practitioner”.

(2)

In section 96(5), replace “medical practitioner” with “health practitioner” in each place.

Legislative history

11 October 2016

Divided from Health Practitioners (Replacement of Statutory References to Medical Practitioners) Bill (Bill 36–2) as Bill 36–3G

1 November 2016

Third reading

7 November 2016

Royal assent

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Health.