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Translated and annotated version of China's new Mental Health Law

Author(s): Chen HH | Phillips MR | Cheng H | Chen QQ | Chen XD | Fralick D | Zhang YE | Liu M | Huang J | Bueber M

Journal: Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry
ISSN 1002-0829

Volume: 24;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 305;
Date: 2012;
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The following document is a translation of the first national mental health law of the People’s Republic of China, which was adopted by the National People’s Congress on October 26, 2012. The original Chinese version of the law is available at the official government website: The translation was completed by a team of translators at the Shanghai Mental Health Center at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. The translators have added footnotes at the end of the document that explain their choices in sections where alternativetranslations are possible and that provide background information for sections that may be confusing to readers unfamiliar with China. This translation should be cited as follows:Chen HH, Phillips MR, Cheng H, Chen QQ, Chen XD, Fralick D, Zhang YE, Liu M, Huang J, Bueber M. Mental health law of the People’s Republic of China (English translation with annotations). Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry 2012; 24(6): 305-321. doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1002-0829.2012.06.001Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry
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