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|Project:||Piloting Community Mental Health Services in Bulgarian Setting|
|Program Area:||Community Mental Health|
|Date:||Aug 2005 - Dec 2008|
|Donor(s):||MATRA program, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs|
This project tackled one of the core problems, faced by Bulgarian mental health system: institutionalism. It is translated into: outdated approach in service delivering, semi-voluntary confinement of mentally ill people to closed "asylums", which is equivalent to lifetime imprisonment, to isolation and lack of any perspective in life. GIP-Sofia's initiative meant to combat this malignant model of health care and to set up a paragon to be implemented throughout the country. In the course of three years we succeeded in creating an interactive multifunctional system of community mental health services, offering a day care center (DCC), sheltered home (SH) and an information center for mental health (ICMH) with a functioning specialized information line, geared for assisting the adaptation and reintegration of people with severe mental illness (SMI) into society. And the scope of our activities expanded beyond the mere construction of a mental-health-service compound and staff-supply.
In the end, the project resulted in:
The best proof for the sustainability of this initiative is the number of planned or already functioning concerns of this type, developed nationwide, by other organizations, who used our project as the basis for the development of their complexes of community-based services.