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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 827-831

How to make rules and regulations for the states in accordance with the Mental Healthcare Act 2017

Department of Psychiatry, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Chandrashekar Hongally
Department of Psychiatry, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bengaluru - 560 002, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_156_19

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Mental Healthcare Act (MHCA) 2017 was gazetted on April 7, 2017. It repeals the Mental Health Act, 1987, and it can be implemented only after the state rules are formed. The central government has already published three sets of rules. This article was written with an objective to review how to make rules and regulations for the state as per MHCA, 2017. All sections of MHCA 2017 and the mental health rules previously made by different states according to the Mental Health Act 1987 were reviewed. Google and PubMed searches were done to review the implementation of their respective mental health acts by different countries and states in the past. Go through Central/State Mental Health Rules, 2018, framed by the central government. Try to adapt it for the state. A meeting on MHCA 2017 should be conducted, including all stakeholders who will give their suggestions about changes to be made. Frame an initial draft and discuss it with the stakeholders and finalize the draft. Discuss the draft in state mental health authority meetings and submit the draft to the government. The Department of Legislation and Parliamentary Affairs can be consulted. The draft should be sent to the central government's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for approval. According to MHCA 2017, state rules can be formed in relation to the aspects mentioned under Sections 121 and 123. The state government should make notification of the rules and then implement them.



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