Guidelines to be followed for grant/renewal license to establish or maintain Psychiatric Hospitals/Nursing Homes as per Mental Health Act 1987/ Karnataka Mental Health Rules 2012
- As per section (6) of Mental Health Act 1987, no person shall establish or maintain a Psychiatric Hospital /Psychiatric Nursing Home unless he holds valid license under this act. The following guidelines are to be followed to procure a license in Karnataka State.
- According to Mental Health Act 1987 chapter 1, clause (g) of section 2 and rule 15(3) of Karnataka Mental Health Rules 2012 the Deputy Commissioners of Districts shall be the licensing authorities.
- The application is to be submitted to the Deputy Commissioners of the concerned districts.
- Form 1- Application for maintaining a psychiatric hospital/ psychiatric nursing home.
- Form 2- Application for the establishment of psychiatric hospital/psychiatric nursing home.
- License fee as under should be paid
- 50 bedded Hospital/Nursing Home : Rs.1000/-
- 51-100 bedded Hospital/Nursing Home :Rs.2000/-
- More than 100 bedded Hospital/Nursing Home:Rs. 5000/-
License fee should be drawn in favour of “Karnataka State Mental Health Authority” Bangalore in DD form and to be submitted to the Deputy Commissioners. ( later DD collected should be sent to the office of The Secretary, Karnataka State Mental Health Authority, No-125, Centenary Building, Victoria Hospital, Bangalore- 560002 )
- After receipt of application the licensing authority will make enquires deemed fit to ascertain the suitability through Inspecting officers as per rule 32 of Karnataka Mental Health Rules 2012
- Inspecting officers will visit and if satisfied that applicant fulfill the condition laid down in clause (a) (b) (c) of section 8 of Mental Health Act 1987 and Karnataka Mental Health Rules 2012 will issue letter to licensing authorities for granting the license.
- If licensing authority is satisfied that the psychiatric hospital / nursing home is with the minimum facilities prescribed, license can be sanctioned in the prescribed form, if it is not satisfactory can be rejected with a suitable order .
- Also the Authority which declines the license can give full opportunity for the applicant to represent his /her grievances and give the reasons for each and every aspect for denial of license.
- Any Person aggrieved by the order of the licensing authority refusing to grant or renew a license or revoking a license may prefer an appeal to the State Government with in 60days from as per rule 21 of Karnataka Mental Health Rules 2012.