The Draft Mental Health Care Bill, 2012 has been drafted through concerted efforts by all stakeholders in the health sector, particularly mental health. The Bill takes cognizance and incorporates the provisions of the Constitution of Kenya, the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and the international best practices on mental health.
This Bill provides for the care, treatment and rehabilitation of persons who are mentally ill. It seeks to ensure that the best interests of the person with mental illness are adhered to.
It establishes procedures for admission, treatment and discharge of persons with mental illness as well as care and administration of property of persons who are mentally ill. The Bill establishes the Mental Health Care Review Board to administer and coordinate matters related to mental health and seeks to repeal the Mental Health Act, Chapter 248 of the Laws of Kenya (1989).