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Community treatment orders (CTOs)

Explains what a community treatment order (CTO) is, how it can affect you, and how you or your family members can change or end it.

When will a CTO end?

Your community treatment order (CTO) can end in several ways:

  • Your CTO expires. This will happen if the CTO is not renewed or ended for one of the reasons below.
  • Your CTO is revoked. If you are recalled to hospital and your CTO is revoked, the CTO will end and you will be placed back under your original section. This is because your responsible clinician thinks that you meet the criteria to be detained in hospital. See our page on recall to hospital for more information.
  • Your responsible clinician discharges you. Your responsible clinician can end your CTO if the criteria for making the CTO no longer apply.
  • You apply to the Mental Health Tribunal to be discharged. See our page on the Mental Health Tribunal for more information.
  • A hospital managers' hearing discharges you. You can ask for a meeting with your hospital managers to consider discharging you. You can do this if you believe your CTO criteria no longer apply to you.
  • Your nearest relative uses their right to discharge you. See our page on family members for more information.

If your CTO comes to an end, this means:

  • You will no longer have to follow any conditions
  • You cannot be recalled to hospital

This information was published in June 2022. We will revise it in 2025.

References are available on request. If you would like to reproduce any of this information, see our page on permissions and licensing.

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