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The Department of Health has launched the Child and youth crisis care program in mental health, a new home care alternative focused on the person's natural environment, for children and young people with mental disorders and who live in situations of psychosocial risk that prevent them from using the resources and care devices that were available until now
The Minister of Health, Josep Maria Argimon, presented today at a press conference the 'Program of care for children and young people in mental health crisis' in Catalonia. The head of the Mental Health Area of the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Montse Dolz, and the social educator of the new crisis care team at the mental health center have explained the operation of this new service. 'children and young people (CSMIJ) of Parc Taulí, Santi Bertomeu.
During 2022, the Program will be rolled out to 50% of child and youth mental health centers (CSMIJ), a total of 26 centers; currently it has already been implemented in 12 CSMIJ, one of them the CSMIJ for Mental Health Parc Taulí, which have been reinforced with 40 professional social educators, occupational therapists and social workers. At the end of the year it will join 14 more CSMIJ, reaching 75 new professionals. In 2023, this new service will be rolled out to the remaining 26 CSMIJ to cover the entire Catalan territory.
This new program - which is part of the new portfolio of services of the Child and Youth Mental Health Centers (CSMIJ) - is aimed specifically at children and young people between the ages of 6 and 17, with suspected or confirmed diagnosis of mental disorder, which present a psychopathological crisis and conditions of socio-familial vulnerability.
In the presentation at the press conference, the Minister of Health, Josep Maria Argimon, emphasized that "this Program is born from the need to change the focus of attention to mental health: now we seek to be more proactive, more decisive and go where the needs exist, acting in people's natural environment".
For his part, Montse Dolz, head of the Mental Health Area at Hospital Sant Joan de Déu and specialist in early-onset psychosis and serious mental disorders, has also touched on this point and explained that the Program is aimed at to the patient "with a mental disorder in a situation of psychopathological crisis that needs high-intensity intervention at school, at home, or in extracurricular activities. In other words, at the community level and with interdisciplinary teams"
In this sense, Santi Bertomeu, social educator of the new crisis response team of the CSMIJ of Parc Taulí, during the presentation of the Program, stated that "this new way of working gives us agility to attend to the needs of the patient and the family or environment, and allows us to coordinate with all the resources with which the young person is connected, in their entirety."
The social educator of the CSMIJ of Mental Health Parc Taulí, Santi Bertomeu, at a moment of the press conference
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