MINISTRY OF LAW AND JUSTICE
New Delhi, the 7th April, 2017/Chaitra 17, 1939 (Saka)
The following Act of Parliament received the assent of the President on the
7th April, 2017, and is hereby published for general information:—
THE MENTAL HEALTHCARE ACT, 2017
An Act to provide for mental healthcare and services for persons with mental illness and to protect, promote and fulfil the rights of such persons during delivery of mental healthcare and services and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
WHEREAS the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol was adopted on the 13th December, 2006 at United Nations Headquarters in New York and came into force on the 3rd May, 2008;
AND WHEREAS India has signed and ratified the said Convention on the 1st day of October, 2007;
AND WHEREAS it is necessary to align and harmonise the existing laws with the said Convention.
BE it enacted by Parliament in the Sixty-eighth Year of the Republic of India as follows:—