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.