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Section 46 Mental Healthcare Act 2017: Composition of State Authority

Section 46 (Composition of State Authority) under Chapter VIII (State Mental Health Authority) of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 —

❝(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.❞

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