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Child and adolescent psychiatry: patient pathway needs to be streamlined

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Published March 8, 2024 11:22

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On March 6, 2024, the Ombudsman's Office hosted another meeting of the Expert Committee on Mental Health Care, once again focusing on the situation in child and adolescent psychiatry.

The meeting was attended by the Ombudsman Marcin Wiącek, Deputy Ombudsman Valeri Vachev, regular members of the Commission and invited guests, among whom were the Plenipotentiary of the Minister of Health for Reform in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Prof. Dr. Małgorzata Janas-Kozik, Paulina Piechna-Więckiewicz - Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of National Education, Dr. Aleksandra Lewandowska - National Consultant for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dariusz Poznański - Director of the Department of Public Health at the Ministry of Health, Damian Marciniak - Director of the Department for Mental Health at the Office of the Patient Ombudsman, Katarzyna Skrętowska-Szyszko - Director of the Social Affairs Team, as well as Ms. Weronika Snoch - Expert from the Office of the Child Ombudsman and Dominik Kuc - member of the Growspace Foundation.

The situation in child and adolescent psychiatry and the changes that have taken place in this area since the introduction of the reform were presented by Prof. Dr. Małgorzata Janas-Kozik - Plenipotentiary of the Minister of Health for Reform in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In her speech, she outlined the basic assumptions on which the reform of psychiatry was based, which included: deinstitutionalization, the universalization of the patient pathway in the mental health system, increased accessibility to outpatient and community services at the county level, the development of community-based services, involving the introduction of mandatory cooperation with the family and school environment, the creation of a nationwide, system that provides support to underage patients experiencing mental disorders and their families.

The Plenipotentiary noted that the reform attempted to overhaul the psychiatric treatment system, which prior to the reform was basically based solely on inpatient treatment, and the reform sought a situation in which primary care for people in crisis would be provided by Level I reference centers. It was emp...

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