Posted by on July 14, 2018

On June 20, 2018, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, signed into law, RA 11036 known as the Philippine Mental Health Act of 2018. It’s long name is known as :

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH POLICY FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENHANCING THE DELIVERY OF INTEGRATED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, PROMOTING AND PROTECTING PERSONS UTILIZING PSYCHIATRIC, NEUROLOGIC AND PSYCHOSOCIAL HEALTH SERVICES, APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

An outline of its provisions:

CHAPTER I
General Provisions

Section 1. Short Title. –
Section 2. Declaration of Policy. –
Section 3. Objectives. –
Section 4. Definitions. –

CHAPTER II
Rights of Service Users & Other Stakeholders

Section 5. Rights of Service Users. –
Section 6. Rights of Family Members, Carers, & Legal Representatives. –
Section 7. Rights of Mental Health Professionals. –

CHAPTER III
Treatment & Consent

Section 8. Informed Consent to Treatment. –
Section 9. Advance Directive. –
Section 10. Legal Representative. –
Section 11. Supported Decision Making. –
Section 12. Internal Review Board. –
Section 13. Exceptions to Informed Consent. –

CHAPTER IV
Mental Health Services

Section 14. Quality of Mental Health Services. –
Section 15. Mental Health Services at the Community Level. –
Section 16. Community-based Mental Health Care Facilities. –
Section 17. Reportorial Requirements. –
Section 18. Psychiatric, Psychosocial, and Neurologic Services in Regional, Provincial, and Tertiary Hospitals. –
Section 19. Duties and Responsibilities of Mental Health Facilities. –
Section 20. Drug Screening Services. –
Section 21. Suicide Prevention. –
Section 22. Public Awareness. –

CHAPTER V
Education, Promotion of Mental Health in Educational Institutions and in the Workplace

Section 23. Integration of Mental Health into the Educational System. –
Section 24. Mental Health Programs in Educational Institutions. –
Section 25. Mental Health Programs and Policies in the Workplace. –

CHAPTER VI
Capacity Building, Research and Development

Section 26. Capacity-building, Reorientation, and Training. –
Section 27. Capacity Building of Barangay Health Workers (BHWs). –
Section 28. Research and Development. –
Section 29. The National Center for Mental Health (NCMH). –

CHAPTER VII
Duties and Responsibilities of Government Agencies

Section 30. Duties and Responsibilities of the Department of Health (DOH). –
Section 31. Duties and Responsibilities of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).-
Section 32. Investigative Role of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR). –
Section 33. Complaint and Investigation. –
Section 34. Duties and Responsibilities of the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. –
Section 35. Duties and Responsibilities of the Department of Labor and Employment and the Civil Service Commission. –
Section 36. Duties and Responsibilities of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. –
Section 37. Duties and Responsibilities of the Local Government Units. –
Section 38. Upgrading of Local Hospitals and Health Care Facilities. –

CHAPTER VIII
The Philippine Council for Mental Health

Section 39. Mandate. –
Section 40. Duties and Function. –
Section 41. Composition. –
Section 42. Creation of the DOH Mental Health Division. –

CHAPTER IX
Mental Health for Drug Dependents

Section 43. Voluntary Submission of a Drug Dependent to Confinement, Treatment, and Rehabilitation. –

CHAPTER X
Miscellaneous Provisions

Section 44. Penalty Clause. –
Section 29. Appropriations. –
Section 30. Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR). –
Section 31. Separability Clause. –
Section 32. Repealing Clause. –
Section 33. Effectivity. –

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