Half-way homes for rehabilitating mentally-ill to be set up

To provide social integration and rehabilitation to patients discharged from mental hospitals or institutions,the Delhi government is going to construct five half-way homes.

Written by Ruhi Bhasin | New Delhi | Published:February 22, 2012 5:58 am

To provide social integration and rehabilitation to patients discharged from mental hospitals or institutions,the Delhi government is going to construct five half-way homes. Officials said construction of these homes will start by April and will be completed in a year.

“The approval of finance and planning department for construction of half-way homes has been obtained. One each will be set up in Sector-22,Rohini,IFC area Narela,Sector-3 and Dwarka,and two at Sector-3 Rohini. The land has been allotted by Delhi Development Authority and construction on all five homes will start simultaneously,’’ said Social Welfare Minister Kiran Walia. All facilities will be provided free-of-cost.

The homes will also have day-care centres for those who might want to leave a child or family member for only a few hours. All five homes will have 25 residential accommodations for patients and several rooms for day-care center patients. “The homes will have psychiatrists,doctors and nurses to look after “mentally improved” patients so that they recover completely and return to mainstream society,’’ said Walia.

“Many times,such patients,even after treatment,are not in a position to stay with their families or are not accepted. These half-way homes will help provide shelter and rehabilitation to them,’’ said Walia.

The total cost of this project is Rs 63 crore. “The work for constructing these homes was given to Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. We are yet to decide whether the government will run these homes or hand over the operations to an NGO,’’ said a government official.

According to officials,the proposal for making half-way homes was made after directions from the High Court in 2009.

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