Associate Mental Health Act Managers
Who are the Associate Mental Health Act Managers?
Associate Mental Health Act Managers (AMHAMs) are not responsible for the day to day running of the hospital but have a delegated responsibility from the hospital managers to hear appeals and reviews of service users’ detentions, therefore, the use of the term managers can sometimes be confusing. AMHAMs come from all walks of life and are people who have been carefully selected. They are responsible for making sure that the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) is used properly. AMHAMs are completely independent of the Trust, therefore, they are impartial with a positive approach to fairness and equity in ensuring service users’ rights are maintained within the terms of the MHA. As lay people they are directly accountable to the Trust Board and, as such, are bound by a duty of confidentiality.
How can the Associate Mental Health Act Managers help me?
AMHAMs have the power to discharge most people who are detained under a section of the MHA and consider reports for the renewal of sections. If you are a service user who is detained under section 2, section 3, section 37 of the MHA or subject to a Community Treatment Order, you have the right to appeal to the Hospital Managers against the detention. Service users can apply for a review of their detention as many times as they wish although hearings are rarely heard within 28 days of a previous review or if there is a Tribunal due to be heard within the next 28 days.
The following leaflets are available and provide service users and carers with more information:
Service User Guide to Associate Mental Health Act Managers
Service User Guide Associate Mental Health Act Managers and Community Treatment Orders
The Hospital Managers
C/O Catherine Dixon
Mental Health Act Administration Manager
Michael Carlisle Centre
75 Osborne Road
Sheffield S11 9BF
Tel: (0114) 2718102