Dr. Soumitra Pathare

Dr. Soumitra Pathare

Consultant psychiatrist and the Director of the Centre for Mental Health Law & Policy at the Indian Law Society, Pune

Dr. Pathare’s primary interests are in the areas of mental health policy, scaling up mental health services, rights-based care and legislation. He has provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India in drafting India’s new Mental Healthcare Act 2017, which takes a rights-based approach to mental health care and provides for publicly funded universal mental healthcare. He was also a member of the Mental Health Policy Group appointed by Government of India to draft India’s first National Mental Health Policy released in October 2014. He has served as a WHO consultant in many low- and middle-income countries (Botswana, Seychelles, Lesotho, Samoa, Vanuatu, Eritrea) assisting them in drafting and implementing mental health legislation and national mental health policy.

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