First conference on mental health, communities: “The Regional Action Plan can no longer be postponed”

Catanzaro – “In our Region, it is no longer possible to postpone the adoption of a Regional Action Plan for Mental Health, inspired by the principles of the centrality of the person, deinstitutionalization, domiciliation of interventions , of community and territorial care, and based on a precise reading of the mental health needs of our territory, going beyond the “hospital” and institutionalizing mentality that has prevailed until now, giving priority to socio-health interventions at proximity to home and territory”. This is what is read in the final document of the first regional conference “Mental health and community well-being” which took place this morning in the green room of the regional Citadel. , sponsored by the Region of Calabria, was launched following numerous webinars, which began last October, which benefited from the contribution of the competent community, the project community su d, Third Sector Forum, Fish Calabria, Casm, Unasam and many other associations in society.

“In this perspective, – continues the programmatic document – this tool could make it possible to standardize and reorganize the network of services which, even today, presents enormous criticalities in relation to the ability to adopt effective individual programs of qualification, rehabilitation, training and social integration and work of the persons supported. The Plan must also be defined with a view to making the best use of the resources coming from the PNRR and the dedicated European funds”. of the document, it is just as urgent “to apply the rules which have provided for socio-health integration for more than twenty years, in order to compensate for this unjustified delay and thus make concretely practicable ways of inter-institutional co-planning of interventions”. . , also in the field of mental health”.

The conference on mental health also proposes “the establishment of a technical table, which accompanies and checks the experimentation of the health budget, in the territories where there are the conditions to be able to start it. In the regions where this system is occasionally used to support individualized therapeutic rehabilitation plans, it makes it possible to improve the quality of life of the people concerned and to achieve the objectives of real deinstitutionalisation, without additional burdens on public finances”. Furthermore, the experimental introduction of the BdS – continues the document – “should be accompanied by other necessary interventions, such as: the creation of intermediate structures for initiation into personal autonomy and housing; the reinforcement throughout the territory of the teams dedicated to the activities of recovery and empowerment of the Day Centers, ensuring the adequate provision of economic resources for their operation”. It also underlines “the urgency of taking initiatives aimed at upgrading personnel in the needs plans, in order to strengthen mental health services and, at the same time, to organize specific continuing training”.


One of the areas where the consequence of the severe staff shortage is the most dramatic is that of child neuropsychiatry: “Calabria lacks hospital UOC (with significant consequences in terms of passive mobility). It would therefore be urgent to create at least one, just as it would be essential to strengthen territorial operating theaters for child neuropsychiatry”. The conference also recalls the importance of establishing (when it does not exist) and strengthening the role of the Council of Mental Health Departments, with the task of guiding, with propositional functions, the policies of the department. In addition, the competent institutions are invited to “commit to opening the REMS of Girifalco and, in at the same time, to implement social and shared health care programs for patients with psychiatric disorders who have committed offences, both with security measures in REMS that in psychiatric residential structures, as well as with different measures, aimed at reintegrating the territory, strengthening mental health centers and stimulating the growth of a highly qualified private social worker”. Finally, the implementation e The establishment of a permanent mental health working table within the competent department is strongly encouraged. This table could be given the mandate to prepare the Regional Plan”.


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