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Civic Coalition for Mental Health

Public scrutiny Completed
2014-09-01 - 2015-11-30
257 250,13 PLN
230 238,13 PLN
Project description
In December 2010, an effort was undertaken to introduce a reform in Polish psychiatry and to implement the National Programme for Mental Health Protection for the years 2011-2015 (NPOZP). One of the main objectives of the Programme was to provide persons with mental disorders with comprehensive and easily accessible healthcare services. But the progress in implementing NPOZP was not satisfactory - its implementation, in view of the scale of the problem in both social and economic terms, did not bring expected results.
The aim of the project was the social control over the modalities of implementation of NPOZP by the Ministry of Health (MH), analysis of the system and developing conclusions and proposing changes to improve psychiatric healthcare in Poland in the following years. As a result of the implementation of the project, recommendations for changes in NPOZP for the years 2016-2020 were developed which were taken into account during preparation of the new document. The organisation also succeeded to include groups interested in mental healthcare (doctors and organisations representing patients) in the works led by the Ministry of Health.
The "Civic Coalition for Mental Health" and the Monitoring Team, gathering representatives of patient groups, doctors, experts in mental healthcare and health regulations, were created. Based on the available sources and the results of questionnaire surveys, the existing NPOZP was analysed. The main project report titled "National Programme for Mental Health Protection for 2016-2020 - recommendations" was forwarded to the Ministry of Health and broadly publicised among doctors, municipalities, organisations and media. Intensive advocacy activities were undertaken which helped to retain the NPOZP in the amended act on mental health protection.
Implementation of the recommended changes will benefit all patients with mental health problems, their families, doctors, and general public. The project was implemented in partnership with the "Let's Win Health" Foundation, an organisation experienced in watchdog activities which contributed their expertise to the project (participation in the Monitoring Team), helped to contact decision-makers, patient groups and doctors, and promoted the project in social media.
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