Forensic Mental Health Social Work in Queensland

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Forensic Mental Health Social Work in Queensland Forensic mental health workers are those professionals that engage with individuals suffering from mental illnesses or disabilities that have been charged with a crime or some form of offence (Fact Sheet, 2012; Queensland Health Dept. 2012). Across all of the professions that might fall under this umbrella, including social workers, the primary goals that are both ethically and legally defined for forensic mental health workers are to design and adhere to a treatment plan that will help the individual become well and become as self-sufficient a member of society as possible (Mental Health Act, 2000; Fact Sheet, 2012). As this broad definition of forensic mental health work and forensic mental health workers implies, such professionals can be found in a broad array of different positions in the community, and there are many contexts within which social workers might become engaged in forensic mental health work and thus fall under the jurisdiction of legislation pertaining to the prevision of general mental health services (Guide, 2000; Mental Health Act, 2000). A brief understanding of some of these contexts and the relevant legislation is provided herein. When it comes to forensic mental health service provision, one of the most essential elements to understand from a legal perspective is what is actually allowable by law in terms of involuntary care provision (Guide, 2000; Mental Health Act, 2000). While social workers

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