Mental Treatment Act, 1945


Reception of Persons into Approved Institutions as Voluntary Patients.

Application for reception as voluntary patient and as chargeable patient.

190.—(1) Where it is desired to have a person received as a voluntary patient and as a chargeable patient in an approved institution maintained by the mental hospital authority for the mental hospital district in which such person ordinarily resides or an approved institution in which voluntary patients of such authority may, in pursuance of an arrangement made under section 102 of this Act, be received, the appropriate applicant may make application in that behalf in the prescribed form to the person in charge of such institution.

(2) In sub-section (1) of this section, the expression “the appropriate applicant” means—

(a) where the person whose reception is sought is less than sixteen years of age—the parent or guardian of such person,

(b) in any other case—such person himself.

(3) An application under this section shall be accompanied by a recommendation by the authorised medical officer stating that such officer has examined the person whose reception is sought on a specified date not earlier than seven days before the date of the application and is of opinion that he will benefit by the proposed reception.