About moving crisis intervention from MHF to Turning Point – Caregivers mental patients want to talk to minister

POSTED: 10/31/12 11:56 AM

St. Maarten – The Mental Health Foundation informed caregivers in a meeting on Monday about Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever’s intention to move crisis intervention and admission of mental health patients to Turning Point. “Consideration for continuity of care and the opinion of caregivers seems to be lacking in the entire process,” the Mental Health Foundation stated in a letter it sent to the media yesterday.
Family members of MHF-clients have formed a committee to address this issue with Minister De Weever.
The MHF stressed in the statement it sent out yesterday that it promotes holistic care whereby as much as possible all aspects of a patient’s life are taken into consideration. “To provide holistic care continuity of care must be made available to patients and clients. Since the opening on October 2011, MHD was finally able to provide all aspects of psychiatric care.”
The foundation notes that since its opened its new facility in Cay Hill in the former hotel Sylvia patients in a crisis situation no longer had to be treated in a police cell before being brought to the prison and from there to Curacao.
“In Curacao the patient was treated without the involvement of the family and then returned to St. Maarten. Since October 2011 no patient has been sent to Curacao.”

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