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National Health Act, 2003 (Act No. 61 of 2003)


Policy Guidelines for the Licensing of Residential and/or Day Care Facilities for Persons with Mental Illness and/or Severe or Profound Intellectual Disability

1. Introduction


1.1 The Act promotes the provision of community based care, treatment and rehabilitation services. It also obliges persons who provide care, treatment and rehabilitation services to provide such services in a manner that facilitates community care of mental health care users.


1.2 The General Regulations to the Act published in Government Gazette No. 27117, Notice No. R1467 of 15 December 2004 further defines which organisations should be licensed, how it should be done and the conditions attached to it.


1.3 These Policy Guidelines serve to outline:-
(a) the process and procedures for license application;
(b) criteria for evaluation of licensing applications;
(c) the minimum norms and standards that must be adhered to by residential and day care facilities for people with mental and /or intellectual disabilities and;
(d) provide the tools to be used in assessing and reporting on the compliance outcomes.