n South African Psychiatry Review - Community placement and reintegration of service users from long-term mental health care facilities : original article
|Article Title||Community placement and reintegration of service users from long-term mental health care facilities : original article|
|© Publisher:||In House Publications|
|Journal||South African Psychiatry Review|
|Author||Bernard Janse van Rensburg|
|Publication Date||Aug 2005|
|Pages||100 - 103|
|Keyword(s)||Alternative placement, Legislation, Long term mental health care, Policy, Reintegration and Resources|
<I>Objective:</I> To ascertain community placement and reintegration of service users from long-term mental health care facilities. <br><I>Method:</I> This study reviewed the progress during 2003 with the alternative placement of a selected candidate group of 27 service users in some of Lifecare's long-term mental health care facilities in Gauteng. <br><I>Results:</I> Despite a significant amount of time and effort to find alternative options with family, old age homes or other non-governmental organizations, only 9 (33%) were placed a year later. A longer follow-up period however is necessary to ascertain the actual successful outcome of these placements. <br><I>Conclusions:</I> Concerns exist about sufficient development of community-based services in accordance with the new Mental Health Care Act (Act No. 17 of 2002), parallel to hospital-based care.
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