The Mental Health Authority (MHA) is an agency established by an Act of Parliament, Mental Health Act 846 of 2012, to propose, promote and implement mental health policies and provide culturally appropriate, humane and integrated mental health care throughout Ghana.
The Authority is governed by the Mental Health Board appointed by the President of the Republic of Ghana and composed of a Chairman, Chief Executive and nine other members.
MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Welcome to the website of the Mental Health Authority. The creation of this site is a development that is to bring the Authority a step closer to the public through the medium of cyberspace. The Mental Health Authority is an agency under the Ministry of Health, and established through enactment of the Mental Health Act, 2012 (Act 846). The Authority has the mandate, per the Act, to propose mental health policies to the Ministry of Health and thereafter implement same; to ensure the establishment of very high quality mental health care accessible to all, affordable and culturally sensitive. The governing board of the Authority is the Menal Health Board established on 19 November 2013. The Authority and the Board are opening up a new paradigm of mental health care that de-emphasizes institutional care and rather promotes community care and integration of mental health care into general health care.
This medium of the website is to link the Authority to all visitors of the site for a shared understanding of developments in the mental health front. On this site visitors have the opportunity to interact with the Authority. Please feel free to give your comments and constructive criticisms. You are a stakeholder and together with you we will build a strong mental health care and create a society with total health, for truly, there is no health without mental health.
Welcome on board.Dr. Akwasi Osei
The objective of the Authority is to:
- Propose mental health policies and ensure their implementation.
- Implement mental health policies.
- Promote mental health and provide humane care including treatment and rehabilitation in a least.
- Promote a culturally appropriate, affordable, and accessible and equitably distributed, integrated and specialized mental health care that will involve both the public and the private sectors.
In order to achieve the set objective, the Mental Health Authority shall function to:
- Consult persons with experience as service users as well as family members for the formulation, development and implementation of mental health policies.
- Provide a mental health service that shall collaborate with the general health care system at the primary, district, regional and national levels and specialized services as necessary.
- Collaborate with the relevant regulatory bodies to ensure compliance with accreditation and other standards of mental health care.
- Provide service for substance use disorders at the primary care, district, regional and national levels.
- Collaborate with other healthcare service providers to ensure the best care of persons with mental disorder.
- Protect the rights and responsibilities of persons with mental disorder.Ensure and guarantee the fundamental human rights of persons with mental disorder against.
- Provide mental health care service to voluntary and involuntary patients with mental disorder.
- Provide for safety concerning persons suffering from mental disorder.
- Provide psychiatric in-patient care which is of an equitable standard to physical in-patient care.
- Provide for educational, vocational and leisure opportunities within mental health facilities.
- Provide for the safety of staff of the Authority.
- Collaborate with the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Council and other providers of unorthodox mental health care to ensure the best interest of persons with mental disorder.
- Attract and retain the right mix of human resource through appropriate emoluments, remuneration, allowances and incentive package and conditions of service.
Pathways to accessing care to the mentally ill may include:
- Voluntary presentation to orthodox or non-orthodox mental health facilities including faith-based and traditional facilities.
- Referrals from other health institutions, general practitioners and the police.
- Involuntary admissions through the courts, police and referrals from the prisons.
- Involuntary admission through certificate of urgency.
- Voluntary or involuntary presentations through by Families, Police Officers and District Assemblies.
Monitoring and evaluation is a critical part of service provision:
- Visiting Committees – Visiting committees are set up to visit all facilities managing the mentally-ill in the community including both orthodox and non- orthodox facilities concerning the Rights of the mentally ill.
- Mental Health Tribunals are also created to review and monitor abuses of admission procedures.
Funding of Mental Health has always been a challenge. Ghana’s Parliament has provided in section 80 of the Act, for the establishment of the Mental Health Fund. The Board has constituted a committee and the MH Act states sources of possible funds, these include:
- Voluntary contributions from individual organizations and the private sector.
- Moneys approved by parliament.
- Grants from bilateral and multilateral sources and gifts.
- Donations and gifts.
- Moneys from any other sources approved by the Minister responsible for finance.
Together with you we will build a strong mental health care and create a society with total health, for truly, there is no health without mental health.
Prof. Joseph Bediako Asare
Chairman of the Mental Health Board
Prof. Joseph Bediako Asare is Chairman of the Mental Health Board. He is a past Chief Psychiatrist, with working experience in community mental health in five different countries including Sierra Leone and Indonesia.
Prof. Asare was the initiator of the mental Health bill and has been instrumental in pushing for its passage into law. He brings on board his experience in community work, teaching and mentoring of students in mental health.
Nana Amba Eyiaba I
Nana Amba Eyiaba I, is a Traditional ruler and Educationist. She retired as a Director of Education and a member of the Electoral commission. With wide knowledge in education and elections, and as custodian of cultural heritage, Nana hopes to mobilize Traditional Leaders and students in the creation of awareness for mental health.
Dr. Langbong Bimi
Dr. Langbong Bimi is an epidemiologist, zoologist and lecturer in Animal Biology at the University of Ghana, Legon. He is the chairman of Anti-Sexual Harassment Group and President of the Legon branch of the University Teachers’ Association of Ghana (UTAG).
Dr. Bimi brings on board his commitment to hard work, sensitization and his influences in mobilizing academia to help prosecute the agenda of the Mental Health Board.
Mr. Alex Arphul
Mr. Alex Arphul holds a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management. He was Director at the Human Resource Division of the Ministry of Health until recently when he moved to the Ministry of Youth and Sports. He has been involved in training programs and will bring the experience and expertise to the Board.
Dr. Akwasi Osei
CEO of the MHA
Dr. Akwasi Osei is the CEO of the MHA. He is currently the Chief Psychiatrist and immediate past Medical Director of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital. A prolific writer, he churned out over 40 articles in the struggle to get the Mental Health Bill passed into law.
His vast knowledge in Psychiatry, personal passion and expertise in mental healthcare will be of immense importance to the growth and development of the Authority.
Ms Juliet Yayra Tengey
Ms Juliet Yayra Tengey, Social Psychologist is a Psychology Instructor at the Military Academy in Accra. She brings on board the sense of discipline characteristic in the military and hopes to create awareness in the area of counseling to help reduce the problem of stigmatization in mental health.
Mrs. P.J. Naana Dontoh
Mrs. P.J. Naana Dontoh is a lawyer and retired Director of State Prosecution in the Attorney-General’s Department. She hopes to complement the efforts of the other members of the Board with her legal background.
Alhaji Salifu Osman
Alhaji Salifu Osman is Chief Director of the Ministry of the Interior. He headed the bureaucratic system of the Ministry and was responsible for the overall co-ordination of the activities of the four-line Directorates of the Ministry. He is currently the Deputy Coordinator of National Security and also recently en-skinned as a chief of his hometown. He brings on board this experience and will seek to advise the directors of the Authority and the hospitals on their work schedules to bring out the best in them.
Prof. S.A. Danquah
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Mr. Stephen Adongo
Mr. Stephen Adongo is a retired Director at the Department of Social Welfare. He has been involved in the training of groups and societies on societal development and welfare. Mr Adongo will bring his knowledge and experience to the Board.
Dr. Samuel Kaba Akoriyea
Dr. Samuel Kaba Akoriyea is currently the Director of Institutional Care Division of Ghana Health Service. A Neuro-Surgeon and Public Health Physician, he hopes to bring his experience and background to the Board.
Mr. Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah
A co-opted member in the person of Mr. Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah was added to the Board by the Ministry of Health. He was the Director of Budget, Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division of the Ministry of Health. Recently retired, Mr. Owusu-Ansah brings to the Board his experience in planning and policy issues.
DIRECTORS OF THE AUTHORITY
Divisions or Units within the Mental Health Authority at the national level as considered necessary for the efficient performance of the functions of the Authority:
- Technical Division;
- Administrative Division; (iii) Finance Unit;
- Internal Audit Unit; and
- any other Divisions
Regional Mental Health Coordinators are responsible for the execution of policies and co-ordination of mental health policies at the regional level. They are members of the Regional Health Management Team and collaborate closely with the Regional Health Directorate in the performance of their functions. Regional Mental Health Coordinators are answerable to the Chief Executive of the Authority and they send copies of relevant reports to the Regional Director of Health Services. They are appointed by the Board for each region
The sub-committees are responsible for mental health at the regional and district levels. The Regional Mental Health Sub-Committees comprise a chairperson, the Regional Mental Health Co-ordinator who is the secretary to the Sub-Committee, a representative of the Regional Health Directorate, a representative of the Regional Co-ordinating Council, a representative of the social welfare department nominated and two other persons, one of whom is a woman.
The core function of the Regional Mental Health Sub-Committee is to advise the Regional Mental Health Co-ordinator in the execution of policies and co-ordination of mental health services in the region.