Understanding your Mental Health Act assessment

Information to help you understand the process

Mental Health Act assessments are arranged through your local Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) service.

The AMHP service is based at Hampshire House, Eastleigh and known as the AMHP Hub. During out of hours, AMHPs will either be based at Hampshire House, Parkway, Fareham or work from home.

We provide a 24-hour service, 365 days a year.

AMHPs receive specialist training. This enables us to conduct Mental Health Act assessments on behalf of the local authority that approves and warrants them.
A Mental Health Act assessment is different to a mental health assessment.

AMHPs have a professional background in social work, occupational therapy, nursing or clinical psychology.

Why you have been referred for a Mental Health Act assessment


Who will be involved in your assessment process


Location of your assessment and who can be with you


The legal criteria for being detained under the Mental Health Act

When the police can remove you to a place of safety

When we can enter your home

What the AMHP and doctors must consider

The outcome of your Mental Health Act assessment

Your rights


Hospital admission


Contacts and complaints