“The National” introduces 4 articles during the discussion of the draft mental health law in its 13th session – Emirates – news and reports


During the discussion of a federal draft law on mental health, in its thirteenth session of the second ordinary session of the seventeenth legislative term, the Federal National Council introduced four articles related to: grievance and objection, reporting escape from the health facility, death of a mental patient, and prevention of disclosure of data and information. And the introduction of a number of items.

The article created by the council entitled “grievance and objection” stipulated the following: The mental patient or his representative may appeal against the decision of the Patients’ Rights Care Committee before the committee, in accordance with the controls and procedures specified in its work system, and the director of the mental health facility or his representative may object to the decision of the committee The rights of patients in the mental health facility before the committee, in accordance with the procedures and controls specified in its work system, and the grievance or objection does not result in stopping the implementation of the decision appealed or objected to, and the committee must decide on the grievance or objection within (6) six working days from the date of the grievance or objection.

The new article entitled “Reporting the escape from the health facility” stipulates the following: If a psychiatric patient subject to the compulsory treatment regimen escapes, the mental health facility management must inform the competent authorities and the representative of the psychiatric patient, to return him to the mental health facility to complete the mandatory treatment procedures.

The article created by the Council, entitled “Death of a Psychiatric Patient” stipulated the following: In the event of the death of a mental patient, the mental health facility shall notify his representative, and in case this is not possible, inform the Public Prosecution, and the mental health facility shall, in the event of the death of a psychiatric patient subject to mandatory entry procedures for assessment or The deposit shall notify its representative and inform the Public Prosecution Office.

The article created by the Council entitled “Preventing Disclosure of Data and Information” stipulated the following: It is not permissible to disclose any information or data to any party other than the health authorities about persons who are admitted to the health facility for the purpose of treatment for addiction to narcotics or psychotropic substances.

two definitions

The Council introduced two definitions in the definitions article, which included “35” definitions: “Concerned Entities”: any federal or local government agency related to mental health protection in the country, or directly or indirectly related to the application of the provisions of this law, and “Health services” Psychological Services: Preventive, curative and rehabilitative services for mental health.

5 items

Five items were introduced in the article of the “Control and Follow-up Committee” terms of reference: reviewing the reports received from the Patients’ Rights Care Committee regarding complaints and making recommendations thereon to the health authority, if necessary, deciding on grievances and objections to the decisions of the Patients’ Rights Care Committee, and deciding on complaints regarding External psychiatric services, centers and clinics, submitting reports to the health authority on the results of monitoring and follow-up, and any other competencies determined by a decision of the Minister after coordination with the health authorities.

The committee is also responsible for the following: following up on reports received from mental health facilities related to cases of compulsory admission, issuing the necessary approvals for the treatment of psychiatric patients who refuse treatment in cases of compulsory treatment at the request of the health facility, and ensuring that the conditions stipulated in this law are met in all cases of compulsory admission. Monitoring mental health facilities and ensuring their commitment and employees to apply the standards and procedures stipulated in this law and its executive regulations and decisions issued in implementation thereof.

The council also introduced four articles on the article entitled “The Minor Psychiatric Patient” related to the health guarantees that the minor mental patient is surrounded by, taking into account his age group, his psychological condition and his best interests, including:

The right to provide education and to oblige the representative of the minor psychiatric patient to follow the treatment plan, and to precede any induction procedure by a social or psychological specialist and to allocate places upon compulsory admission and separate them from those of adults, and to provide separate facilities for him

The executive regulations of this law specify the guarantees and controls for the compulsory admission of a minor mental patient and all other issues related to his rights and the provision of advice and guidance to his family.

An article entitled “Consent of a Psychiatric Patient in Voluntary Admission” has been reformulated to read as follows: “The psychiatrist is obligated, in the event that a psychiatric patient voluntarily enters a mental health facility and before any treatment is provided for him, to obtain his consent or the approval of his representative. The psychiatrist is also obligated to write down the treatment plan and prove the approval or non-consent of the psychiatric patient or his representative in his medical file, and when making any fundamental modification to the treatment plan or its time period, in accordance with the controls and conditions set by the executive regulations of this law.



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