Iranian Journal of Psychiatry 2017. 12(1):36-41.

Transition of Mental Health to a more Responsible Service in Iran
Behzad Damari, Siamak Alikhani, Sahand Riazi-Isfahani, Ahmad Hajebi

Abstract


Objective: This study proposed a model for provision of an effective universal coverage for mental health services based on global and national experiences, available resources and the nature of primary health care system of Iran to reduce the burden of mental health conditions.

Method: A framework with prioritized mental and social health services was devised through a review of literature and policy documents. It was then adapted using inputs from the stakeholders and experts.

Results: The new model included 2 basic and specialized service strata: a PHC-based infrastructure and essential requirements needed to establish the service. Our proposed socio-mental health approach is based on a WHO recommendation.

Conclusion: The key features of the model, which is going to be tested in a pilot study in 2015, are setting up a system for organized referrals to specialized mental facilities and compatibility with the existing primary health care system. Moreover, to achieve this goal, socio-mental health technicians should be employed.


Keywords


Mental Health, Primary Health Care, Transition

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