Round-table to discuss
the draft amendments to the Georgian Law on Psychiatric Care.
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
âHuman Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutionsâ.
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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