The Mental Health Law Centre is an independent not for profit, non-government Community Legal Centre providing a free and confidential legal service to persons involved involuntarily in the mental health system in WA, and the criminal justice system and other areas of law resources permitting.
The Centre promotes the legal and social rights, and responsibilities of people with a mental illness and supports their increased participation in decisions about their treatment and care.
Subject to resources, the Centre meets its goals through the provision of the following services:
- Legal advice and representation in Mental Health Act 1996 (WA) matters
- Legal advice and representation in criminal law especially under the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act 1996 (WA), guardianship and administration, criminal injuries compensation, freedom of information, employment and discrimination, and family law
- Legal information and referral service
- Legal education and training in mental health legal issues
- Law reform and policy work