The World Health Organization (WHO) has released the “QualityRights Tool Kit. Assessing and improving quality and human rights in mental health and social care facilities.” The Tool Kit is an essential resource, not only for putting an end to past neglect and abuses but also for ensuring high quality services in the future.
The Tool Kit is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It provides practical guidance on: the human rights and quality standards that should be respected, protected and fulfilled in both inpatient and outpatient mental health and social care facilities; preparing for and conducting a comprehensive assessment of facilities; and reporting findings and making appropriate recommendations on the basis of the assessment.
The Tool Kit is designed for use in low-, middle- and high-income countries. It can be used by many different stakeholders, including dedicated assessment committees, nongovernmental organizations, national human rights institutions, national health or mental health commissions, health service accreditation bodies and national mechanisms established under international treaties to monitor implementation of human rights standards and others with an interest in promoting the rights of people with disabilities.
More information available at: http://www.who.int/mental_health/publications/QualityRights_toolkit/en/index.html#