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Mental health planning workshop in Trinidad and Tobago Print E-mail

A 2-day mental health planning workshop supported by PAHO’s Regional Advisor on Mental Health, Devora Kestel, and PAHO’s Trinidad Country Office, through Health Systems Consultant, Carlene Radix, was held at the Ministry of Health Headquarters on February 4th and 5th, 2013. The Workshop was launched with a welcome by Ag. Chief Medical Officer, Akenath Misir; remarks by the PAHO/WHO Representative, Bernadette Theodore-Gandi; and an address by the Minister of Health, The Hon. Fuad Khan. The Minister gave his support to the process of decentralization of mental health services, with integration in primary care and development of community based specialized services. 

The Workshop concentrated on the reorganization of services with a shift from the institutionalization of persons with mental illness to the promotion of mental health and integration into society. There was broad stakeholder participation with around 60 participants from various sectors including, primary care, police and social services. At the end of the two days, a smaller working group was tasked with the refining of the plan. 

 

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