Ministry of Health and Family Welfare publishes draft rules under Mental Healthcare Act

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued draft Rules and Regulations under the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017. Apart from stating the procedure for registration of mental health establishments, method of constitution of the Mental Health Review Boards, the rules delegate the responsibility of setting up half-way homes, sheltered accommodations, supported accommodations, hospitals and rehabilitation establishments to State governments, in accordance with the standards laid down in the Rules. They also state the procedure for accessing one’s medical records.