New Mental Health Law enacted in Argentina


On 2 December 2010, the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, enacted the law number 26,657. This event was attended by the Minister of Health, Juan Luis Manzur; the Chief Cabinet, Aníbal Fernández; the former congressman and author of the project, Leonardo Gorbacz; the National Director of Mental Health, Yago Di Nella; PAHO/WHO Deputy Director, Socorro Gross; PAHO/WHO Representative in Argentina, Antonio Pagés, and Hugo Cohen, PAHO/WHO Subregional Adviser on Mental Health for South America, among others.

Law 26,657 incorporates recommendations from the international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and from the most modern international standards in the field of mental health. Informed consent and the creation of commissions to supervise inpatients’ health status, together with the prohibition to open new psychiatric hospitals and compulsory hospitalization in general hospitals, are only some examples of the developments mentioned.

Argentina now faces a new historical challenge: the implementation of the law in order to build a fairer mental health system that is accessible to everyone.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 February 2011 15:21