Approval to Use Supervised Treatment - Victoria

Service summary

You may require this approval if you are a disability service provider and intend to provide services to intellectually disabled persons. A disability service is a service that is provided specifically for the support of persons with a disability.

It is ordinarily illegal to detain an intellectually disabled person and provide them with medical treatment against their will (compulsory treatment).

A supervised treatment order is a civil order that can only be made by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) authorising the use of compulsory treatment on a particular person. It specifies conditions that apply to the person, and may require the person to participate in treatment specified in a treatment plan.

This approval allows you to appoint one or more authorised program officer. Only an authorised program officer may apply to VCAT for a supervised treatment order.

VCAT will only grant a supervised treatment order if it satisfied of certain criteria, including that the person poses a significant risk of serious harm to another person which cannot be substantially reduced by less restrictive means.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this approval you must:

  • be a registered disability service provider
  • nominate a person or persons to be appointed as an Authorised Program Officer
  • submit the forms or documentation required by the Agency.

You may only apply to VCAT for an authorised treatment order if:

  • the person has an intellectual disability
  • the person is receiving residential services from you
  • you have an approved treatment plan in place for the person
  • the person has exhibited a pattern of violent or dangerous behaviour causing serious harm to another person (or exposing another person to a significant risk of serious harm)
  • the person poses a significant risk of serious harm to another person which cannot be substantially reduced by less restrictive means.

You will also be required to notify the person and the Public Advocate.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Duration

As specified on the approval.

Fees

 TypeDescription
ApplyApplication

Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.

Forms

 Resources
Apply

Application for Approval to Use Supervised Treatment - Please contact the responsible council for application forms and registration details.

Other resources

Administering agency

Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Disability Services

Act(s) name

Disability Act 2006 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Disability Regulations 2007 (Victoria)

Contact details

Enquiries
Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Disability Services

Phone:

1800 783 783

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