Under the law, a person with mental illness can be admitted to a mental health establishment by his nominated representative for treatment. However, there is very specific criteria for such an admission, which is known as supported admission.
The government only has the power to get a person assessed for mental healthcare needs.Except this, the government has no power regarding a person’s treatment for mental health. For example, the Magistrate may order that a person is admitted to a mental health establishment for a maximum duration of 10 days for assessment of his healthcare needs1, and the police have certain powers with respect to persons with mental illness who are found wandering within the jurisdiction of the police station.
- Section 102(1), the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017.