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Voluntary patient

A voluntary patient is someone who admits himself or herself to a Mental Health Facility, or agrees to remain in a Mental Health Facility to which they were involuntarily admitted, of their own free will in circumstances where they have the capacity to give informed consent to mental health care and treatment to be provided to them. A Guardian may also admit a person who does not have capacity to consent to treatment to a Mental Health Facility as a voluntary patient, provided that person does not refuse or object to the mental health care and treatment being provided to them.