Section 31 in The Mental Healthcare Act 2017

Title: Appropriate Government to take measures as regard to human resource development and training etc

Description: (1) The appropriate Government shall take measures to address the human resource requirements of mental health services in the country by planning, developing and implementing educational and training programmes in collaboration with institutions of higher education and training, to increase the human resources available to deliver mental health interventions and to improve the skills of the available human resources to better address the needs of persons with mental illness. (2) The appropriate Government shall, at the minimum, train all medical officers in public healthcare establishments and all medical officers in the prisons or jails to provide basic and emergency mental healthcare. (3) The appropriate Government shall make efforts to meet internationally accepted guidelines for number of mental health professionals on the basis of population, within ten years from the commencement of this Act.

Title: Co ordination within appropriate Government

Description: The appropriate Government shall take all measures to ensure effective co-ordination between services provided by concerned Ministries and Departments such as those dealing with health, law, home affairs, human resources, social justice, employment, education, women and child development, medical education to address issues of mental healthcare.

Title: Establishment of Central Authority

Description: The Central Government shall, within a period of nine months from the date on which this Act receives the assent of the President, by notification, establish, for the purposes of this Act, an Authority to be known as the Central Mental Health Authority.

Title: Composition of Central Authority

Description: (1) The Central Authority shall consist of the following, namely:— (a) Secretary or Additional Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Health and Family Welfare—chairperson ex officio; (b) Joint Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Health and Family Welfare, in charge of mental health—member ex officio; (c) Joint Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy—member ex officio; (d) Director General of Health Services—member ex officio; (e) Joint Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Disability Affairs of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment—member ex officio; (f) Joint Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Women and Child Development—member ex officio; (g) Directors of the Central Institutions for Mental Health—members ex officio; (h) such other ex officio representatives from the relevant Central Government Ministries or Departments; (i) one mental health professional as defined in item (iii) of clause (r) of sub-section (1) of section 2 having at least fifteen years experience in the field, to be nominated by the Central Government—member; (j) one psychiatric social worker having at least fifteen years experience in the field, to be nominated by the Central Government—member; (k) one clinical psychologist having at least fifteen years experience in the field, to be nominated by the Central Government—member; (l) one mental health nurse having at least fifteen years experience in the field of mental health, to be nominated by the Central Government—member; (m) two persons representing persons who have or have had mental illness, to be nominated by the Central Government—members; (n) two persons representing care-givers of persons with mental illness or organisations representing care-givers, to be nominated by the Central Government—members; (o) two persons representing non-governmental organisations which provide services to persons with mental illness, to be nominated by the Central Government—members; (p) two persons representing areas relevant to mental health, if considered necessary. (2) The members referred to in clauses (h) to (p) of sub-section (1), shall be nominated by the Central Government in such manner as may be prescribed.

Title: Term of office salaries and allowances of chairperson and members

Description: (1) The members of the Central Authority referred to in clauses (h) to (p) of sub-section (1) of section 34 shall hold office as such for a term of three years from the date of nomination and shall be eligible for reappointment: Provided that a member shall not hold office as such after he has attained the age of seventy years. (2) The chairperson and other ex officio members of the Authority shall hold office as such chairperson or member, as the case may be, so long as he holds the office by virtue of which he is nominated. (3) The salaries and allowances payable to, and the other terms and conditions of service of, the chairperson and other members shall be such as may be prescribed.