NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court (HC) on Monday asked the Centre to treat as representation a PIL seeking notification of minimum standards for different categories of mental health establishments as mandated under the Mental Healthcare Act of 2017. The petition said that there are many establishments that claim they can cure or treat mental illness through ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy.
“However, these establishments never register themselves with the Central Mental Health Authority or State Mental Health Authority as required under the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017,” the petition claimed. It also sought a direction to the Centre to issue regulations on the manner of making advance directives for treatment as provided under the Act.
A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan directed that the representation be decided as per law after the central government said the draft minimum standards are ready and would be published/notified as soon as they are finalised. HC said it expected the government to take a decision as expeditiously as possible and disposed of the petition.