Establishment of State Authority

45. Every State Government shall, within a period of nine months from the date on which this Act receives the assent of the President, by notification, establish, for the purposes of this Act, an Authority to be known as the State Mental Health Authority.

Composition of State Authority

46. (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 (q) 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.

Term of office, salaries and allowances of chairperson and other members

47. (1) The members of the State Authority referred to in clauses (e) to (n) of sub-section (1) of section 46 shall hold office as such for a term of three years from the date of nomination and shall be eligible for reappointment:
Provided that a member shall not hold office as such after he has attained the age of seventy years.

(2) The chairperson and other ex officio members of the State Authority shall hold office as such chairperson or member, as the case may be, so long as he holds the office by virtue of which he is nominated.

(3) The salaries and allowances payable to, and the other terms and conditions of service of, the chairperson and other members shall be such as may be prescribed.

Resignation

48. A member of the State Authority may, by notice in writing under his hand addressed to the State Government, resign his office:
Provided that a member shall, unless he is permitted by the State Government to relinquish his office sooner, continue to hold office until the expiry of three months from the date of receipt of such notice or until a person duly appointed as his successor enters upon office or until the expiry of his term of office, whichever is the earliest.

Filling of vacancies

49. The State Government shall, within two months from the date of occurrence of any vacancy by reason of death, resignation or removal of a member of the Authority and three
months before the superannuation or completion of the term of office of any member of that Authority, make nomination for filling up of the vacancy.

Vacancies, etc., not to invalidate proceedings of State Authority

50. No act or proceeding of the State Authority shall be invalid merely by reason of—
(a) any vacancy in, or any defect in the constitution of, the State Authority; or
(b) any defect in the appointment of a person as a member of the State Authority; or
(c) any irregularity in the procedure of the Authority not affecting the merits of the case.

Member not to participate in meetings in certain cases

51. Any member having any direct or indirect interest, whether pecuniary or otherwise, in any matter coming up for consideration at a meeting of the State Authority, shall, as soon
as possible after the relevant circumstances have come to his knowledge, disclose the nature of his interest at such meeting and such disclosure shall be recorded in the proceedings of
the State Authority, and the member shall not take any part in any deliberation or decision of the State Authority with respect to that matter.

Officers and other employees of State Authority

52. (1) There shall be a chief executive officer of the State Authority, not below the rank of the Deputy Secretary to the State Government, to be appointed by the State Government.

(2) The State Authority may, with the approval of the State Government, determine the number, nature and categories of other officers and employees required by the State Authority
in the discharge of its functions.

(3) The salaries and allowances payable to, and the other terms and conditions of service (including the qualifications, experience and manner of appointment) of, the chief executive officer and other officers and employees of the State Authority shall be such as may be specified by regulations with the approval of the State Government.

Functions of chief executive officer of State Authority

53. (1) The chief executive officer shall be the legal representative of the State Authority and shall be responsible for—
(a) the day-to-day administration of the State Authority;
(b) implementing the work programmes and decisions adopted by the State Authority;
(c) drawing up of proposal for the State Authority’s work programmes;
(d) the preparation of the statement of revenue and expenditure and the execution of the budget of the State Authority.

(2) Every year, the chief executive officer shall submit to the State Authority for approval—
(a) a general report covering all the activities of the Authority in the previous year;
(b) programmes of work;
(c) the annual accounts for the previous year; and
(d) the budget for the coming year.

(3) The chief executive officer shall have administrative control over the officers and other employees of the State Authority.

Transfer of assets, liabilities of State Authority

54. On and from the establishment of the State Authority—
(a) all the assets and liabilities of the State Authority for Mental Health Services constituted under sub-section (1) of section 4 of the Mental Health Act, 1987 shall stand transferred to, and vested in, the State Authority.
Explanation.—The assets of such State Authority for Mental Health Services shall be deemed to include all rights and powers, and all properties, whether movable or immovable, including, in particular, cash balances, deposits and all other interests and rights in, or arising out of, such properties as may be in the possession of such State Authority for Mental Health Services and all books of account and other documents relating to the same; and liabilities shall be deemed to include all debts, liabilities and obligations of whatever kind;
(b) without prejudice to the provisions of clause (a), all data and information collected during enrolment, all details of authentication performed, debts, obligations and liabilities incurred, all contracts entered into and all matters and things engaged to be done by, with or for such State Authority for Mental Health Services immediately before that day, for or in connection with the purpose of the said State Authority for Mental Health Services, shall be deemed to have been incurred, entered into or engaged to be done by, with or for, the State Authority;
(c) all sums of money due to the State Authority for Mental Health Services immediately before that day shall be deemed to be due to the State Authority; and
(d) all suits and other legal proceedings instituted or which could have been instituted by or against such State Authority for Mental Health Services immediately before that day may be continued or may be instituted by or against the State Authority.

Functions of State Authority

55. (1) The State Authority shall––
(a) register all mental health establishments in the State except those referred to in section 43 and maintain 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 in the State;
(c) supervise all mental health establishments in the State and receive complaints about deficiencies in provision of services;
(d) register clinical psychologists, mental health nurses and psychiatric social workers in the State to work as mental health professionals, and publish the list of such registered mental health professionals in such manner as may be specified by regulations by the State Authority;
(e) train all relevant persons including law enforcement officials, mental health professionals and other health professionals about the provisions and implementation of this Act;
(f) discharge such other functions with respect to matters relating to mental health as the State Government may decide:
Provided that the mental health establishments in the State (except those referred to in section 43), registered, before the commencement of this Act, under the Mental Health Act, 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 State
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 State Government.

Meetings of State Authority

56. (1) The State Authority shall meet at such times (not less than four times in a year) and places and shall observe such rules of procedure in regard to the transaction of business at its meetings (including quorum at such meetings) as may be specified by regulations made by the State Authority.

(2) If the chairperson, for any reason, is unable to attend a meeting of the State Authority, the senior- most member shall preside over the meetings of the Authority.

(3) All questions which come up before any meeting of the State Authority shall be decided by a majority of votes by the members present and voting and in the event of an equality of votes, the chairperson or in his absence the member presiding over shall have a second or casting vote.

(4) All decisions of the State Authority shall be authenticated by the signature of the chairperson or any other member authorised by the State Authority in this behalf.

(5) If any member, who is a director of a company and who as such director, has any direct or indirect pecuniary interest in any manner coming up for consideration at a meeting
of the State Authority, he shall, as soon as possible after relevant circumstances have come to his knowledge, disclose the nature of his interest at such meeting and such disclosure
shall be recorded in the proceedings of the Authority, and the member shall not take part in any deliberation or decision of the State Authority with respect to that matter.


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