Under the Mental Health Care Act 17 of 2002 , a client may be admitted to a health establishment when the client consents to admission, when a court orders admission or when psychological functioning is of such a nature that admission is in the client’s best interest.
Admission may be in the client’s best interest when the client presents a risk to self, others or the property of oneself or others. A client can either be admitted to a private (e.g. Denmar Psychiatric Hospital) or to state health establishment (e.g. Tshwane District Hospital) that offer specialized psychiatric services.
Admission to the health establishment may differ in length from patient to patient depending on the presenting difficulty and other coexisting medical conditions.