The Cabinet on Wednesday approved a comprehensive mental health policy that promises effective treatment and rehabilitation to all mentally ill persons.
The policy envisages establishment of treatment facilities for mental illnesses down to the primary health centres. The existing mental hospitals and departments of psychiatric medicine in medical colleges are to be upgraded as referral centres.
The mental health facilities under Directorate of Health Services will be decentralised and integrated with network of health services under the Department. The basic infrastructure and human resources is proposed to be enhanced to ensure proper care of the patients. Research connected on control, prevention and treatment mental illness and rehabilitation of patients will be promoted.
The policy suggests that drug addicts and drunkards should be brought to the main stream of the society through proper treatment. Steps should be taken to increase awareness among people on mental illnesses.
It proposes free training to all interested doctors, including those in the private sector, on care of mental patients. Ayurveda and homeo systems of medicines were to be given emphasis in the treatment of mental illnesses along with modern system of medicine.
The policy was drawn by making timely changes to the draft policy document prepared in 2000, an official release said.