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Section 34 Mental Healthcare Act 2017: Composition of Central Authority

Section 34 (Composition of Central Authority) under Chapter VII (Central Mental Health Authority) of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 —

❝(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.❞

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