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Round-table to discuss the draft amendments to the Georgian Law on Psychiatric Care.
On 18 October, a workshop on improving the effectiveness of psychiatric aid for prisoners was held in Tbilisi, in the framework of the EU/CoE Joint Programme “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions”.

At the workshop, the Deputy Minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance, Archil Talakvadze, discussed draft amendments to the Law on Psychiatric Care and the Code of Imprisonment of Georgia with representatives of mental health associations, the National Forensics Bureau, psychiatrists, representatives from the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs, NGOs and other local experts in mental healthcare field. The draft amendments aim to improve access to timely and adequate care for those with mental health problems in prisons and seek to guarantee that psychiatric help to prisoners is of the same standard as for people outside prison. Special attention was paid to the compulsory treatment of prisoners, who due to their condition are not capable of making decisions or refuse treatment, and the protection of their rights.

The Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance will reflect the outcome of the discussions in revising the draft amendments to the law on Psychiatric Care and the Code of Imprisonment and will subsequently submit the revised draft amendments to the Parliamentary Committee on Healthcare and Social Issues.

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