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LAW OF UKRAINE

of February 22, 2000 No. 1489-III

About mental health services

(The last edition from 14-11-2017)

This Law determines legal and organizational basis of providing citizens with mental health services proceeding from priority of rights and freedoms of man and citizen, establishes obligations of executive bodies and local government bodies on the organization of rendering mental health services and legal and social protection of training of persons suffering from mental disturbances regulates the rights and obligations of specialists, other workers who are taking part in rendering mental health services implementation of social protection and training of persons suffering from mental disturbances.

Section I. General provisions

Article 1. Determination of terms

In this Law the stated below terms are used in the following value:

mental disturbances - the disorders of mental activities recognized such it agrees the International Statistical Classification of diseases, injuries and causes of death operating in Ukraine;

heavy mental disturbance - disorder of mental activities (consciousness obscuring, violation of perception, thinking, will, emotions, intelligence or memory) depriving of the person of capability is adequate to realize surrounding reality, the mental condition and behavior;

mental health services - complex of the special events directed to inspection of condition of mental health of persons on the bases and according to the procedure, provided by this Law and other laws, prevention, diagnostics of mental disturbances, treatment, supervision, leaving, medical and psychological recovery of persons suffering from mental disturbances including owing to the use of psychoactive agents;

the specialist - the health worker (the doctor, the nurse, the paramedic), the psychologist, the social worker and other worker having the corresponding education and special qualification and who is taking part in rendering mental health services;

the commission of psychiatrists - two or more psychiatrists who are jointly making decisions on the questions connected with rendering mental health services;

organization on rendering mental health services - mental health, narcological or other specialized agency of health care, the center, department, office and so forth, other institutions and organizations of any pattern of ownership which activities are connected with rendering mental health services;

organization of social protection of persons suffering from mental disturbances - the legal entity of any pattern of ownership providing social services to persons who suffer from mental disturbances

legal representatives are parents (adoptive parents), guardians or other persons authorized by the law to represent the interests of persons suffering from mental disturbances including to perform protection of their rights, freedoms and legitimate interests when rendering mental health services to them;

informed consent of person is the consent which is freely stated by person capable to understand information provided by available method on nature of its mental disturbance and the forecast of its possible development, the purpose, procedure and duration of rendering mental health services, methods of diagnostics, treatment and medicines which can be applied in the course of rendering mental health services, their side effects and alternative methods of treatment;

out-patient mental health services - the mental health services including inspection of condition of mental health of persons on the bases and according to the procedure, the provided this Law and other laws, prevention, diagnostics of mental disturbances, treatment, observation, leaving, medico-social resettlement of persons suffering from mental disturbances in out-patient conditions;

stationary mental health services - the mental health services including inspection of condition of mental health of persons on the bases and according to the procedure, the provided this Law and other laws, diagnostics of mental disturbances, treatment, observation, leaving, medico-social resettlement of persons suffering from mental disturbances, and rendered in stationary conditions over 24 hours in a row.

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