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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 756-762

Mental Healthcare Act 2017, India: Child and adolescent perspectives


Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Dr. John Vijay Sagar Kommu
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_126_19

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India has got a new mental health legislation, the Mental Healthcare Act in 2017 (MHCA). Compared to its predecessor the Mental Health Act of 1987, this act was purported to be more patient centric and rights based. Considering the significant burden of child and adolescent mental health problems in the community, it is essential to understand what this new act means for the mental healthcare of young people. This article presents sections of the act relevant to children and adolescents. We look at the provisions in the context of changes from the earlier act, concordance with other Indian legislations and with mental health legislations in other parts of the world.



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