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Section 43 Mental Healthcare Act 2017: Functions of Central Authority

Section 43 (Functions of Central Authority) under Chapter VII (Central Mental Health Authority) of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 —

❝(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.❞

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