findings of the assessment of Psychiatric Establishments and mental health
15 March 2014, the Council of Europe will present the findings of the assessment
of Psychiatric Establishments to the Advisory Board on Mental Health. The
assessment and the presentation is part of the European Union/Council of Europe
joint programme â€śHuman Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutionsâ€ť.
Consultants of the Council of Europe visited a number of psychiatric
establishments in Georgia and assessed the availability and quality of services,
staffing and financial issues, living conditions, respect for patientsâ€™ rights,
existing mechanisms for handling complaints and psycho-social rehabilitation
work. They also examined the relevant policies and legislation.
their on-site observations, interviews with patients and staff, as well as
instructions, regulations and other relevant documents studied, including
medical records examined with the consent of the patients concerned, the
Consultants identified several areas where improvement is needed in order to
ensure quality healthcare services and protection of human rights. To address
the identified technical, educational, financial and legislative shortcomings in
mental healthcare, the Consultants recommended specific measures for
consideration both at the institutional and governmental levels.
findings of the assessment visits, as well as the recommendations flowing from
those findings, have been gathered in four separate reports which will be
presented and discussed at the 15 March event. It is expected that the result of
the assessment will be used for drawing up a National Action Plan on Mental
Health and developing guidelines on the effective treatment and management of
The presentation will take place at 14:00 at the hotel
This activity is organised in
the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe Joint Programme â€śHuman
Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutionsâ€ť. This programme was launched in
July 2013 and aims to strengthen human rights of people in prisons, police
detention and other facilities and improve access to healthcare for persons
deprived of their liberty.
political organisation set up in 1949, the Council of Europe works to promote
democracy and human rights continent-wide. It also develops common responses to
social, cultural and legal challenges in its 47 member states.