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Council of Europe Office in Georgia

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14.03.14
Presenting the findings of the assessment of Psychiatric Establishments and mental health services


On 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 “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions”.

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 patients’ rights, existing mechanisms for handling complaints and psycho-social rehabilitation work. They also examined the relevant policies and legislation.

Based on 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.

The 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 mental disorders.

The presentation will take place at 14:00 at the hotel “Holiday Inn”.

This activity is organised in the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe Joint Programme “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions”. 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. 

 

 

 

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Council of Europe Office in Georgia