HC seeks timeline for mental health body becoming operational
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The Bombay High Court on Tuesday sought to know from the state government when the State Mental Health Authority will be made fully functional in Maharashtra.
A division bench of Justice N M Jamdar and Justice N R Borkar was hearing a PIL seeking implementation of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017, and investigation into mental healthcare institutions that do not regularly assess the condition of patients to ascertain if they can be discharged.
The PIL, filed by psychiatrist Dr Harish Shetty, highlighted the plight of patients admitted in institutions, including a woman who had languished in Regional Mental Hospital in Thane for 12 years.