1. To effectively manage the mental health care system and keep it current.
2. To reduce the treatment gap and manage the incidence of mental, neurological and substance abuse disorders and resultant mortality/disabilities - allowing more persons with mental disabilities to receive effective and humane treatment and care so that they and their families are able to live productive lives in the community.
3. To foster deeper and closer linkages with the social determinants of health-intersectoral collaboration.
4. To promote and protect human rights of patients, including children and adolescents.
5. To encourage the development and maintenance of the highest level of mental health through education and other strategies to reverse negative perceptions of mental disorders.
6. To deliver a mental health service based on evidence-based modalities and best practice.
7. To determine the role of the mental health services in the prevention of escalating school violence and violent crimes and establish a service specially aimed at linking with other relevant organizations to address the problem.
8. To identify and implement biopsychosocial interventions to assist vulnerable groups (elderly, children, differently abled) with mental health needs.
9. To enhance in-patient care and facilities to provide separate space/areas for more disturbed and less disturbed patients.
10. To support and sustain members of staff.
11. a) To ensure an adequate and continuous supply of essential drugs.
b) To facilitate all doctors in Primary Care and specialized psychiatric clinics to write prescriptions for psychotropic, as well as, general medication.
c) To make available essential tools for Assessment and Evaluation by Clinical Psychologists
12. a) To treat patients in the community as far as possible, or if there is need for treatment in a mental health facility, this should be done as close as possible to persons’ homes.
b) To reduce the number of admissions for in-patient care by improving the effectiveness of the community service.
13. To have necessary data to more adequately guide the mental health delivery process.
14. To advance the principal elements of Mental Health Advocacy to draw attention to barriers for Mental Health, as well as, positive mental health outcomes.
|COMMUNITY||LOCATION||CLINIC DAYS||NO. OF CLINICS PER MONTH||CONTACT NUMBERS|
|San Fernando||San Fernando Community Mental Health Centre||Wednesdays||4||225-4325 ext. 12760|
|South Oropouche||South Oropouche Health Centre||2nd Friday||1||226-5591|
|Siparia||Siparia District Health Facility||
1st and 3rd Thursdays(New Cases)
2nd and 4th Thursdays(Regular)
|Point Fortin||Hospital Point Fortin||1st and 3rd Thursdays||2||225-4325 ext. 14730|
|Cedros||Cedros Health Centre||3rd Friday||1||226-5301|
|Princes Town||Princes Town District Health Facility||Tuesdays||4||225-4325|
|Barrackpore||Rochard Douglas Health||1st and 3rd Wednesdays||2||226-5571|
|Couva||Couva District Health Facility||
1st and 3rd Tuesdays(New Cases)
2nd and 4th Tuesdays(Regular)
|Child Guidance||Pleasantville Health Centre||Wednesdays||4||226-5551|
|Substance Abuse||San Fernando Community Mental Health Centre||Mondays||4||225-4325 Ext 12760|
|Memory Clinic||San Fernando Community Mental Health Centre||Tuesdays||4||225-4325 Ext 12760|