Section 42 in The Mental Healthcare Act 2017

Title: Transfer of assets liabilities of Central Authority

Description: On the establishment of the Central Authority— (a) all the assets and liabilities of the Central Authority for Mental Health Services constituted under sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Mental Health Act, 1987 (14 of 1987) shall stand transferred to, and vested in, the Central Authority. Explanation.—The assets of such Central Authority for Mental Health Services shall be deemed to include all rights and powers, and all properties, whether movable or immovable, including, in particular, cash balances, deposits and all other interests and rights in, or arising out of, such properties as may be in the possession of such Unique Identification Authority of India and all books of account and other documents relating to the same; and liabilities shall be deemed to include all debts, liabilities and obligations of whatever kind; (b) without prejudice to the provisions of clause (a), all data and information collected during enrolment, all details of authentication performed, debts, obligations and liabilities incurred, all contracts entered into and all matters and things engaged to be done by, with or for such Central Authority for Mental Health Services immediately before that day, for or in connection with the purpose of the said Central Authority for Mental Health Services, shall be deemed to have been incurred, entered into or engaged to be done by, with or for, the Central Authority; (c) all sums of money due to the Central Authority for Mental Health Services immediately before that day shall be deemed to be due to the Central Authority; and (d) all suits and other legal proceedings instituted or which could have been instituted by or against such Central Authority for Mental Health Services immediately before that day may be continued or may be instituted by or against the Central Authority.

Title: Functions of Central Authority

Description: (1) The Central Authority shall— (a) register all mental health establishments under the control of the Central Government and maintain a register of all mental health establishments in the country based on information provided by all State Mental Health Authorities of registered establishments and compile update and publish (including online on the internet) a register of such establishments; (b) develop quality and service provision norms for different types of mental health establishments under the Central Government; (c) supervise all mental health establishments under the Central Government and receive complaints about deficiencies in provision of services; (d) maintain a national register of clinical psychologists, mental health nurses and psychiatric social workers based on information provided by all State Authorities of persons registered to work as mental health professionals for the purpose of this Act and publish the list (including online on the internet) of such registered mental health professionals; (e) train all persons including law enforcement officials, mental health professionals and other health professionals about the provisions and implementation of this Act; (f) advise the Central Government on all matters relating to mental healthcare and services; (g) discharge such other functions with respect to matters relating to mental health as the Central Government may decide: Provided that the mental health establishments under the control of the Central Government, before the commencement of this Act, registered under the Mental Health Act, 1987 (14 of 1987) or any other law for the time being in force, shall be deemed to have been registered under the provisions of this Act and copy of such registration shall be furnished to the Central Authority. (2) The procedure for registration (including the fees to be levied for such registration) of the mental health establishments under this section shall be such as may be prescribed by the Central Government.

Title: Meetings of Central Authority

Description: (1) The Central Authority shall meet at such times (not less than twice in a year) and places and shall observe such rules of procedure in regard to the transaction of business at its meetings (including quorum at such meetings) as may be specified by regulations made by the Central Authority. (2) If the chairperson, for any reason, is unable to attend a meeting of the Central Authority, the senior-most member shall preside over the meeting of the Authority. (3) All questions which come up before any meeting of the Authority shall be decided by a majority of votes by the members present and voting and in the event of an equality of votes, the chairperson or in his absence the member presiding over shall have a second or casting vote. (4) All decisions of the Central Authority shall be authenticated by the signature of the chairperson or any other member authorised by the Central Authority in this behalf. (5) If any member, who is a director of a company and who as such director, has any direct or indirect pecuniary interest in any manner coming up for consideration at a meeting of the Central Authority, he shall, as soon as possible after relevant circumstances have come to his knowledge, disclose the nature of his interest at such meeting and such disclosure shall be recorded in the proceedings of the Authority, and the member shall not take part in any deliberation or decision of the Authority with respect to that matter.

Title:  Establishment of State Authority

Description: Every State 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 State Mental Health Authority.

Title: Composition of State Authority

Description: (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 (r) 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. (2) The members referred to in clauses (e) to (n) of sub-section (1), shall be nominated by the State Government in such manner as may be prescribed.