Chandigarh, November 6 – Haryana Government has framed the Haryana De-addiction Centres Rules, 2010.
These rules, which have been notified are for establishment, appointment, maintenance, management, superintendence of centres and appointment, training, powers and duties of personnel employed in such centres and for identification, treatment, education, aftercare, rehabilitation, social re-integration of addicts and for supply of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances to the addicts.
District Level Committee, Licencing Authority and State Level Committee would be constituted under these rules.
State Level Committee would have 16 official and non official members including Administrative Secretaries of Health and Medical Education, Social Justice and Empowerment, Technical Education, Higher Education, School Education, Social Justice and Empowerment Department as its official members. Director General Health Services would act as Member Secretary of Committee.
The other members of the committee would be Secretaries of Haryana State Child Welfare Council and Haryana Red Cross Society, Head, Psychiatry Department, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, Head, Psychiatry Department, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Head Psychiatry, GMCH 32, Chandigarh, Director, State Institute of Mental Health, Rohtak, Two lawyers of repute, two representatives of existing NGOs working in this field of the state. The committee may opt any additional member for a meeting who has special qualifications and experience in the field of de-addiction for giving expert advice to the committee. The senior most Secretary would act as Chairman of Committee.
The State level Committee would act as supervisory, policy making and facilitator body for treatment of addicts and their rehabilitation; frame guidelines for the licensing authority to grant licences for operation of centres; ensure effective implementation of minimum standards of care in centres as laid down by the Government of India or any statutory body or this committee; help and guide for establishing a collaborative treatment network among the centres and government and non-government health care facilities; conduct facilitating training programme for personnel deployed in centres. The committee would undertake any other activity for the promotion of welfare and rehabilitation of addicts and decide the appeals against the decisions of the licensing authority.
Every non-official member would be appointed for a period of three years. He or she may at any time resign from membership of the Authority State Level Committee by forwarding letter of resignation to the Chairman and such resignation will take effect from the date on which it is accepted.
The State Level Licensing Authority consisting of Director General Health Services, Haryana and Director, Social Justice and Empowerment Department Haryana would issue provisional licence, regular licence and to renew licence for operation of centres set up by any organization and to register centres already operating. Other functions include investigating complaints against centres and against suspected or alleged unlicence centres, monitor, supervise and evaluate functioning of various centres in Haryana.
The centres after obtaining license would start operations within 30 days or the receipt of license and inform the licensing authority about the commencement of its operation. The centres would have requisite number of beds and adequate accommodation and proper spacing between the beds would be provided. The centres would have sufficient ventilation, free from any pollution, have facility of potable water and running water for washing, bathing and cleaning purposes, proper sanitation facilities, adequate number of bathrooms, toilets and sinks. Centres would have to provide fresh, nutritious and adequate meals to the admitted patients. It would also have facilities such as reception enquiry, registration counter, waiting space with seating arrangements for minimum of five persons, cubicle or room for providing individual counseling, group therapy and family counseling.
Besides, round-the-clock nursing care to the addicts would be ensured by the centre. Doctor Patient Ratio should be 1:20, Nurse Patient Ratio 1:20 and Counselors Patient Ratio should be 1:10 at the centre. Apart from this, ward attendants, two safai karamcharis, one cook-cum- helper, peer educators would be provided at each centre. Round- the-clock security arrangements would be ensured. Employees would be appointed according to necessary educational qualifications. Similarly, Project Director, Ward Attendents, two security guards and two safai karamcharis, one cook –cum-helper and peer educator would be arranged for counseling centres.
Each centre would given an undertaking that it would protect the human rights of the admitted patients as per the universal human rights and it would not engage in activities with patients such as solitary confinement, forced labour, punishment, beating, psychological torture, chaining or locking up. The centres would also ensure confidentiality of medical and counseling records of the patients except caregivers and under judicial orders. Each centre would provide emergency medical care.