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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 261-265

National mental health programme: Manpower development scheme of eleventh five-year plan

1 Department of Psychiatry and Drug De-addiction Center, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India
2 Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, India

Correspondence Address:
Suman K Sinha
Department of Psychiatry & Drug De-addiction Center, Lady Hardinge Medical College, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Marg, New Delhi - 110 001
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.86821

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Mental disorders impose a massive burden in the society. The National Mental Health Programme (NMHP) is being implemented by the Government of India to support state governments in providing mental health services in the country. India is facing shortage of qualified mental health manpower for District Mental Health Programme (DMHP) in particular and for the whole mental health sector in general. Recognizing this key constraint Government of India has formulated manpower development schemes under NMHP to address this issue. Under the scheme 11 centers of excellence in mental health, 120 PG departments in mental health specialties, upgradation of psychiatric wings of medical colleges, modernization of state-run mental hospitals will be supported. The expected outcome of the Manpower Development schemes is 104 psychiatrists, 416 clinical psychologists, 416 PSWs and 820 psychiatric nurses annually once these institutes/ departments are established. Together with other components such as DMHP with added services, Information, education and communication activities, NGO component, dedicated monitoring mechanism, research and training, this scheme has the potential to make a facelift of the mental health sector in the country which is essentially dependent on the availability and equitable distribution mental health manpower in the country.



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