Mental Health Activities

Mental Health Care and Drug Addiction Treatment Services in Prisons

Activities: Activity 1: To establish a new approach system for diagnosis and evaluation procedure in order to recognize the prisoners with mental health problems at early stages and train staff of psychosocial and health services the improvement of the mental health and addiction treatment services, a pool of assessment measures will be established, a software programme will be written for the early diagnosis of the cases, a manual for the medical and psycho-social service staff will be written. A software program will be written for the trailing of the mentally ill and drug user prisoners. By the program, the prisoners will be followed without any disruption in their treatment, in the case of transference from one prison to an another. A training of trainers program will be held for at least twenty psychosocial and health service staff on the implementation of the selected measure tools and client trailing system. Staff training programmes will be delivered to the medical and psychosocial service staff according to their expertise fields on the implementation of the selected measure tools and client trailing system. A web site will be developed where all the related information and studies will be published. Training materials, implementations and further developments will easily be found there. Three staff groups (Each group will consist of 4 people) will visit three EU member states which have best practices on this field for 5 days. Contract: Technical assistance

Activity 2: To establish new approach models for the treatment of prisoners with mental health and drug addiction problems and to train the related personnel who have direct interaction with the prisoners A research will be conducted in order to assess the needs of psychosocial and health service staff. An approach model covering how to deal with the addicted inmates, intervention and treatment techniques, a suicide prevention programme, cognitive- behavioral and cognitive self change programmes, motivational programmes, rehabilitation programmes, reintegration programmes harm reduction methods, principles of cooperation with other relevant agencies and institutions, and new methods to increase awareness of the psychosocial experts and physicians on mental health and drug addiction treatment will be developed. The most cost effective treatment strategy will be determined by a group of specialists through conducting different techniques to different kinds of situations. Also manuals, booklets and related material will be written and posters will be designed. Training of the trainers will be provided at least for twenty personnel on new approach models. The trainers will be chosen among prison governors, psychologists, social workers, teachers and physicians. Specific trainings on new approach models will be delivered by the trainers. Psychosocial service experts, doctors, nurses working in the prison system, 110 prison directors and 300 prison staff from prisons will be trained according to their professional needs. Contract: Technical assistance

Activity 3: To establish a sustainable model through training and to improve the awareness of prison staff regarding mental health problems. A quantitative research will be done to evaluate mental health, knowledge and attitudes to mental problems among prison staff and prisoners. In order to accomplish the statistical analysis on the data of the research, Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) will be obtained. (SPSS is a program used for statistical analysis in social sciences. As it is a special program used by the market researchers, health researchers and education researchers the analyses will be achieved via the use of the 10 program. The program is not only needed for the statistical analysis, but also data management (case selection, creating derived data etc.) and data documentation will be done by the use of SPSS.) According to the results of this research a sustainable model will be developed for the protection and support the mental health of staff and prisoners through activities. Materials such as posters, brochures, notes, slide sets will be prepared on the related topics. Totally 500 prison governors and staff will be trained about this sustainable model.
Contract: Technical assistance