Inpatient treatment orders and who can apply

Level 3 Inpatient treatment order

An application can be made to SACAT for a Level 3 Inpatient treatment order (ITO). An application can be made in respect of a person to whom a level 1 or level 2 Inpatient treatment order applies.

What does SACAT consider when making a Level 3 Inpatient treatment order?

SACAT will consider whether

  • the person has a mental illness and
  • because of the illness, the person requires treatment either for his/her protection from harm or for the protection of others from harm and
  • the person has impaired decision-making capacity and
  • there is no less restrictive means than an Inpatient treatment order of ensuring appropriate treatment of the illness
  • in considering whether there are less restrictive means SACAT must consider whether the person would be able to receive appropriate treatment in the community

Who can apply for a Level 3 Inpatient treatment order?

An application for a Level 3 ITO can be made by

  • the Public Advocate
  • the Director of an approved treatment centre
  • an employee in an approved treatment centre authorised by the director

An application can be made to SACAT for a Review of a SACAT decision (Internal Review) regarding a Level 3 Inpatient treatment order.