Draft Amendment seeks to improve mental illness care

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 10, 2020
By: Jake Chung / Staff writer, with CNA

New Power Party Legislator Claire Wang, center, speaks at a public hearing on a draft amendment to the Mental Health Act at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei on Thursday.
Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

New Power Party (NPP) Legislator Claire Wang (王婉諭) on Thursday proposed an amendment to the Mental Health Act (精神衛生法) in the hope of providing better community services for people with mental illness.

The law, enacted about two decades ago, aims to assist people to live independently and ultimately reintegrate with society, but does not spell out how the government is to help communities to accommodate people with mental illness, she said.

Wang said that her proposal clarifies the kinds of social support that people with mental illness need and increases the standards of services offered by communal mental health centers.

A system for assessing people’s needs would be set up and local government units would be encouraged to increase cross-department collaboration, she said, adding that the amendment would legally mandate regular doctors’ visits for people with mental illness.  [FULL  STORY]

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