Aims and Functions of SMHA
Functions and Roles:
The Authority established under sub-section (1) shall carry out the following functions:-
- to advise Government on all matters relating to promotion of mental health and prevention of mental disorder.
- to develop and establish new standards for care and treatment of patients.
- to recommend measures to improve existing mental health services and setting up of child and adolescence, psychogeriatric, forensic, learning disability and community based services;
- to prescribe procedures with respect to setting up and functioning of the mental health services and facilities;
- to prescribe a code of practice to be implemented for achieving the purposes and objects of this Act as well as to be followed by all the mental health personnel involved with the care of patients under this Act
- to provide for regular review by the Board to ensure that the provisions of this Act for assessment and treatment are being properly carried out, whether or not requested by any individual, patient or his relative;
- to prescribe for care, aftercare or rehabilitation, under supervision or otherwise;
- to provide for and regulate the setting up of help lines and crisis centres for the general public with regard to mental health;
- to provide for, organize and regulate public awareness programs and promote research, publish journals, bulletins, magazines, and other educational material on mental health issues;
- to discharge such other functions with respect to matters relating to mental health as Government may require;
- to register psychiatrists for the purposes of this Act, in such manner as may be prescribed; and
- to arrange and organize such courses and training programs as may be necessary for carrying out the purposes and objects of this Act.