Government to set up mental health centre
The government plans to establish a national mental health command centre. According to Premier Su Tseng-chang, the centre will be connected to local governments through a 24-hour emergency response mechanism and is aimed at strengthening existing social safety nets.
Speaking at a regular cabinet meeting, Su said the plan is in line with a draft amendment to the Mental Health Act, which has now been approved.
Cabinet spokesman Lo Bing-cheng says the command centre will establish a platform that combines early warning systems from various government agencies in order to provide more effective social protections.
The amendment was proposed by the Ministry of Health and Welfare and is in response to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The cabinet spokesman says it seeks to promote mental health through cross-agency collaboration, including improving case management services, medical care and facilities and community support for people with mental illnesses.