The state government had issued a government resolution for forming a state mental health board on October 23.
In order to safeguard the rights of the persons with mental illness, and to facilitate a smooth implementation of the Mental Health Act 2017 in Maharashtra. For this the state government has constituted a nine member state mental health board.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Sanjay Modade, Superintendent, Thane Regional Mental Hospital said, “Our aim is to implement the Mental Health Act more effectively in the state. The board will study both the old and new Mental Health Acts. There are a few points in the new Mental Health Act, which we need to modify. For the smooth and effective implementation, we will focus on the treatment, counselling, and rehabilitation of the person suffering from mental health issues.”
The newly formed board has been entrusted with the responsibility to implement the Mental Health Act 2017.
Dr Milan Balkrishna, consultant psychiatrist of Juno clinic, said, “The state mental health board will work towards protecting the rights of the persons with mental illness. Also, the board will look into the fact that patients suffering from mental illness should get all the necessary facilities from the government.”
As per the government resolution, the members will stay on the post for the period of three years.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Pritam Chandak, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, based in Nagpur, said, “It’s a long-awaited move from the state government. Forming the state mental health board would help in addressing many issues, and will help in the better delivery of mental health services.”
Dr Sagar Mundada, a consultant psychiatrist at Health Spring Clinic, said, “In my opinion, the board should have more number of mental health professionals.”