STATE MENTAL HEALTH AUTHORITY,GNCT DELHI (as Per Mental Healthcare Act 2017)

STATE MENTAL HEALTH AUTHORITY,GNCT DELHI

(as per Mental Healthcare Act,2017)

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Expanded Scope of the Members of SMHA

As per the MHA-2017, there have been significant changes from the previous Act regarding the structure and function of SMHA. The composition of SMHA has been expanded to include the members from User & Carer group as well as NGOs working in the field of Mental Health. The scope of functioning of SMHA is significantly up scaled and it now includes apart from regulatory and monitoring body for mental health establishment, the registration and mapping of mental health professionals, training and awareness regarding mental health law aspects and other functions related to development of Mental Health Services in the State.
The Composition of SMHA as per the Section 46, of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 is cited below:-

1. The State Authority shall consist of the following chairperson and members:—

  • a) Secretary or Principal Secretary in the Department of Health of State Government––chairperson ex officio;
  • b) Joint Secretary in the Department of Health of the State Government, in charge of mental health––member ex officio;
  • c) Director of Health Services or Medical Education––member ex officio;
  • d) Joint Secretary in the Department of Social Welfare of the State Government— member ex officio;
  • e) Such other ex officio representatives from the relevant State Government Ministries or Departments;
  • f) Head of any of the Mental Hospitals in the State or Head of Department of Psychiatry at any Government Medical College, to be nominated by the State Government––member;
  • g) One eminent psychiatrist from the State not in Government service to be nominated by the State Government––member;
  • h) One mental health professional as defined in item (iii) of clause (q) of sub-section (1) of section 2 having at least fifteen years experience in the field, to be nominated by the State Government—member;
  • i) One psychiatric social worker having at least fifteen years experience in the field, to be nominated by the State Government––member;
  • j) One clinical psychologist having at least fifteen years experience in the field to be nominated by the State Government––member;
  • k) One mental health nurse having at least fifteen years experience in the field of mental health, to be nominated by the State Government––member;
  • l) Two persons representing persons who have or have had mental illness, to be nominated by the State Government––member;
  • m) Two persons representing care-givers of persons with mental illness or organisations representing care-givers, to be nominated by the State Government––members;
  • n) Two persons representing non-governmental organisations which provide services to persons with mental illness, to be nominated by the State Government— members.”