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Mental health law in Brazil

  • José G. V. Taborda (a1)

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Brazil is a Federal Union which comprises 27 member states, one Federal District, and about 5000 municipalities. According to the Federal Constitution (Constituição da República Federativa do Brasil; Diário Oficial da União, 05/out/1988), the competence to rule over health issues is shared by all of them. So, in each part of the country three levels of legislation apply: federal, state and local law. However, as an inferior level of law must not conflict with a superior one, there is a relative uniformity throughout the country, at least in theory. Regarding actual mental healthcare delivery, there are many differences across the Brazilian regions, mostly due to socioeconomic variation.

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Amarante, P. (1998) Loucos Pela Vida: A Trajetória da Reforma Psiquiátrica no Brasil [Crazies for Life: Psychiatric Reform in Brazil] (2nd edn). FIOCRUZ.
World Health Organization (1992) The ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders (10th revision) (ICD-10). WHO.

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