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The Department of Health has launched the Child and adolescent crisis care program in mental health, a new home care alternative focused on the natural environment of the person, for children and young people with mental disorders and living in situations of psychosocial risk that prevent them from using the resources and care devices 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 deployed to 50% of the child and youth mental health centers (CSMIJ), a total of 26 centers; It has currently been implemented in 12 CSMIJ, one of them the CSMIJ of Mental Health Parc Taulí, which have been reinforced with 40 social educators, occupational therapists and social workers. At the end of the year it will join 14 more CSMIJs, reaching 75 new professionals. In 2023, this new service will be deployed to the remaining 26 CSMIJs to cover the entire Catalan territory.
This new program - which is part of the new portfolio of services for children's and young people's mental health centers (CSMIJ) - is specifically aimed at children and young people aged between 6 and 17, with a suspicion or diagnostic confirmation of mental disorder, which present a psychopathological crisis and conditions of socio-familial vulnerability.
In the presentation at a press conference, the Minister of Health, Josep Maria Argimon, stressed that "This program is born of the need to change the approach to mental health care: now we seek to be more proactive, more resolute and go where the needs exist, acting in the natural environment of people".
For her part, Montse Dolz, head of the Mental Health Area of the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu and specialist in early-onset psychosis and severe mental disorders, also spoke about 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. That is, at the community level and with interdisciplinary teams "
In this sense, Santi Bertomeu, social educator of the new crisis care team of the CSMIJ of Parc Taulí, during the presentation of the Program, stated that "This new way of working provides us with agility to meet 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 linked, as a whole."
The social educator of the CSMIJ of Mental Health Parc Taulí, Santi Bertomeu, at a time of the press conference