Glossary of Terms

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State Government of Victoria, Australia, Department of Health: Victorian Mental Health ServicesĀ 

2015 factsheet: A Guide To Mental Health Terminology

A Guide To Mental Health Terminology

This guide aims to provide a quick reference for anybody seeking to understand terms commonly used by mental health services.

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Restricted Involuntary Treatment Order (RITO)

Restricted involuntary treatment orders are made by a court under the Sentencing Act 1991. If a person with a mental illness is found guilty of an offence (other than a serious offence), the court may make a RITO instead of giving the person a sentence. The person is then taken to a mental health service and must be given treatment for their mental illness.

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