Argentina: Mental Health Law in Argentina (This translation is unofficial). An example of good practice.
On December 2, 2010 the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, signed the new Mental Health Law which bears the number 26657. The Law incorporates the recommendations of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and most modern international standards in the field of mental health, for example, informed consent, the creation of state commissions review of inpatients , prohibiting the opening of new psychiatric hospitals and compulsory hospitalization in general hospitals.
The law is an advanced text in Latin America and the Caribbean, and certainly can be an example for other countries interested in the subject. Is now open for Argentina a new historical era: the challenge of effective law enforcement by building a mental health system more fair and accessible to everyone.
The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) participated in and supported technically in the process of discussion and drafting legislation with stakeholders in the area of mental health, government authorities in the field of human rights, NGOs, consumers and family Professionals, academia and trade associations.