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Edwin Tong on universal definition of mental disorder and mental disability

Mental disorders and mental disabilities take many different forms, with different levels of severity and impairment. Singapore has different provisions which are drafted to deal with the specific context. There is some variation in the way that mental conditions are treated but the Government is open to suggestions for a common universal definition of mental disorder and mental disability if it can meet the policy intent across all the different pieces of legislation. Second Minister for Law Edwin Tong said this in reply to a Parliamentary question on Tuesday (Nov 2). He also outlined the safeguards and support for persons with mental conditions who interact with the criminal justice system. He said the current framework has been built up over a period of time and that he welcomes any suggestions for improvement.

Edwin Tong on universal definition of mental disorder and mental disability

02 Nov 2021 11:40am

Mental disorders and mental disabilities take many different forms, with different levels of severity and impairment. Singapore has different provisions which are drafted to deal with the specific context. There is some variation in the way that mental conditions are treated but the Government is open to suggestions for a common universal definition of mental disorder and mental disability if it can meet the policy intent across all the different pieces of legislation. Second Minister for Law Edwin Tong said this in reply to a Parliamentary question on Tuesday (Nov 2). He also outlined the safeguards and support for persons with mental conditions who interact with the criminal justice system. He said the current framework has been built up over a period of time and that he welcomes any suggestions for improvement.

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