After-care under the Mental Health Act 1983. The Act. The Mental Health Act 1983 provides for the admission, detention and treatment of those who are suffering from a “mental disorder”.
After-care under the Mental Health Act 1983
A community patient is not a person in respect of whom the authority can be satisfied that no services are required(an amendment to s117(2) MHA83by the Mental Health Act 2007).
Community patient is a person given the meaning in s17A MHA1983 and by s17A MHA 1983 that includes a person subject to a community treatment order, see s145MHA83
It is a matter of discretion for the LA whether a person is in need of after-care services, but, in the event that the authority is satisfied that there is such a need then the duty to provide such services is absolute.
Clunis v Camden and Islington Health Authority  3 All ER 180 at 191,  Q.B. 978 at 992 per Beldam L.J (approved by the HL at Paragraph 9 in Stennett ):
“After-care services are not defined in the Act of 1983. They would normally include social work, support in helping the ex-patient with problems of employment, accommodation, or family relationships, the provision of domiciliary services and the use of a day centre and residential facilities.”
R (on the application of Michael Mwanza) v (1) Greenwich LBC (2) Bromley LBC  EWHC1462(Admin) Hickinbottom J: