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Table 2 Summary of the WHO checklists for mental health policy and plan

From: Evaluating China’s mental health policy on local-level promotion and implementation: a case study of Liuyang Municipality

Evaluation Section Examining areas Brief description
Checklist for Mental Health Policy
Process Issues Mandate & approval • The level of mandating to develop & approving policy;
Evidence base • Situation & needs assessment;
• Other country experience;
• Research;
Consultation • Consultation with stakeholders;
Content Issues Vision, principles & objectives • Realistic & clear statement;
• Promoting key values;
• Internal consistency;
Action areas & key groups • Suggested action areas in clear statement & in a committed way;
• Consideration for key groups;
• Consistent with other related policies;
Checklist for Mental Health Plan
Process Issues Mandate & approval • The level of mandating to develop & approving policy;
Evidence base • Situation & needs assessment;
• Other country experience;
• Experience from other related policy/documents;
Consultation • Consultation with stakeholders;
Operational Issues Strategy • Strategy for priority action areas;
Time frames, indicator & targets • Availability, feasibility and suitability;
Activities • Clear defined;
• Responsibility, time, outputs, obstacles & funding;
Content Issues Action areas • Suggested action areas;
• Integrated into other related plans.