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The MHAS can assist residents of Private Psychiatric Hostels to maintain their rights.

A resident of a private psychiatric hostel can contact the MHAS seeking advocacy support, including when they are in hospital as a voluntary inpatient or when they have been referred for examination by a psychiatrist (on a form 1). If the person asks hostel staff to arrange access to the MHAS, the hostel staff must inform the MHAS within 24 hours.

If the resident is a referred person who has been detained to enable examination by a psychiatrist, a mental health advocate will visit or otherwise contact the person within 3 days. If they are made an involuntary inpatient, a mental health advocate will contact them within 7 days (24 hours if they are aged under 18 years).

In any other case, a mental health advocate will visit or otherwise contact the person as soon as practicable.

Mental health advocates have a range of powers when visiting private psychiatric hostels, including visiting at any time, viewing the resident’s medical and other records if the resident does not object, and asking the staff questions which they must answer.