Custodial psychiatric hospitals in conflict situations

15 May 2003 | GENEVA --


Conflict situations

Responsibilities of the public health official

After the emergency

In the aftermath of an acute emergency, there is frequently impetus to develop and implement new mental health programmes. This may be an opportune time to make a paradigm shift towards gradually phasing out existing custodial psychiatric hospitals and to developing community services for people with severe mental disorders.

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