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Interview with Michael Kennedy: autism and the Mental Health Act

In this interview Michael Kennedy discusses autism and the Mental Health Act (England and Wales), including recent revisions to the code of practice and how these may affect autistic people. Michael Kennedy is a long standing member of the Law Society Mental Health Tribunal Panel and a former Vice Chair of the Mental Health Lawyers Association. He has more than twenty years’ experience in the field of mental health law, and is Associate Lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Michael kindly agreed to be interviewed for Network Autism when he attended the NAS Autism and Mental Health conference in May 2015. We asked Michael a series of questions, you can vew the full interview or clips of the individual questions below.

Full interview:

Individual question clips:

1. Can you briefly outline the key changes to the recent MH code of practice revision?

2. Can you explain how these revisions may affect autistic people specifically?

3. Can you explain the overlap between the Mental Health Act Code of Practice and the Mental Capacity Act deprivation of liberty safeguards?

4. What recourse do autistic people and their families have when services are not up to standards or not available?

Author: Michael Kennedy

Date added: 18 November 2015