New guidelines for the organization and functioning of mental health services have been approved

The Ministry of Health approved the new guidelines for the organization and operation of mental health services

The Ministry of Health approved the new guidelines on the organization and functioning of mental health services and the network for their categorization, in addition to the requirements for accreditation of management staff and the conditions for the modality of telemedicine, announced officially.

By resolution 1178/2022, published this Wednesday in Official bulletinthese guidelines and requirements for mental health services are included in National program for quality assurance of medical care.

These new measures are aimed at “providing recommendations to guide the preparation and adaptation of standards for jurisdictional authorizations in public, private and social security institutions for mental health and addiction,” the health portfolio said in a statement.

In addition, “it is recorded in a context of global and profound transformation of the mental health care modelwhich requires the implementation of actions that go beyond adequacy from neuropsychiatric institutions under national law 26,657 ”.

This norm, sanctioned at the end of 2010. prohibits the creation of new shelters, neuropsychiatric or public or private monovalent internment institutions, and notes that existing ones must be adapted to the objectives and principles set until they are finally replaced by alternative devices.

Decree 603/13, which regulates the law, sets the deadline for final replacement in 2020, according to Panamanian Consensus adopted by Regional Conference on Mental Health convened by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

For the transformation of the model, from the health portfolio, they believe that it is “necessary to work on work modalities and practices introduced into system logic, reorganize the function of each of its components and create new devices for care and care based on system of solidarity working as a network ”.

“It is vital that this system is taken into account various aspects of the process of caring for people for mental health reasons, where community-based devices, including community hospitals, are central to care and give priority to the trajectories and needs of people with mental illness, ”reads the recitals in the preamble to resolution 1178/2022.

The new guidelines were developed in collaboration of the Argentine Association of Mental Health (AASM), the Argentine Association of Occupational Therapists (AATO), the Argentine Federation of Professional Associations of Social Services (FAAPSS) and the Argentine Federation of Nurses.

The National Mental Health Review Body, the National Institute for Social Services for Pensioners and Pensioners, the Secretariat for Comprehensive Drug Policies of the Nation, the Health Services Oversight Office and the National Directorate for Group Protection also contributed. Vulnerable situation of the nation’s Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, as reported.

“The aim is to have recommendations for the organization and functioning of health and drug treatment facilities, which make up the network of services in the public, private and social security spheres, in order to guide the preparation and adaptation of standards for jurisdictional permits. health. In this sense, the national health portfolio invites the jurisdictions to adhere to the resolution, “said the portfolio, led by Carla Visotti.

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