It is mandatory for every mental health establishment to be registered under the law. Depending on whether the establishment is under the central government or state governments, the establishment must be registered with the Central Mental Health Authority or State Mental Health Authority.
If someone carries on a mental health establishment without registration, he may be punished with a fine between Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 50,000 for the first offence, and for the second offence, with a fine between Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 2 lakhs, and for every subsequent offence, with a fine between Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs. 5 lakhs1.
Further, if someone knowingly works at an unregistered establishment as a mental health professional, he may be punished with a fine of Rs. 25,0002.
- Section 107(1), the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017.
- Section 107(2), the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017.