Integrated Community Care for the Needs of Vulnerable People with Severe Mental Disorders in India

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 10.23.41The INCENSE program was conceived as a systemic response to the challenges involved in addressing the many unmet needs of highly vulnerable people with severe mental disorders (SMDs) like Schizophrenia
living within mental hospitals, in their homes and without shelter on the streets. The aim of the INCENSE program was to build on exis?ng systems of care and gradually develop a systemic framework to support people with SMDs in vulnerable posi?ons in a more humane and effec?ve manner. This program was to be implemented by developing a multi? sectoral network of partners who could, by pooling their resources, collaboratively try and address the unmet clinical, social and humanitarian needs of persons with SMD in an integrated manner.

The INCENSE program has worked with a large number of vulnerable persons with SMDs to promote their inclusion and recovery, with the two hospitals to develop integrated care pathways, with community based organizati?ons for providing access to a range of supported housing op?ons, with ins?tituti?ons for technical exper?se and with many other agencies and individuals in the local communi?es for enabling real life work opti?ons, social inclusion and citi?zenship.

The INCENSE Program was conducted as a partnership between: Sangath, Goa, Parivartan, Pune and Satara, Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi Regional Institute of Mental Health, Tezpur Regional Mental Hospital, Yerwada, Pune and supported by the TATA Trust.

You can read the full report of the outcomes of their work here.


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