Mental Health Commission

The main vehicle for the implementation of the provisions of the Mental Health Act, 2001 is the Mental Health Commission, which was established in April 2002.  It is an independent statutory body, whose primary function is to promote and foster high standards and good practices in the delivery of mental health services and to ensure that the interests of detained persons are protected.

The Commission is also the registration authority for all hospitals and in-patient facilities providing psychiatric care and treatment.  The Commission appoints the Inspector of Mental Health Services who, under Section 51 of the Mental Health Act 2001, must visit and inspect every approved centre at least once in each year and may visit and inspect any other premises where mental health services are provided.  In some cases the Inspector may decide to re-visit an approved centre where issues of non-compliance are identified.