Council for mental health eyed in Oro

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January 17, 2020

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Group starts to craft Mental Health Ordinance for Cagayan de Oro

CAGAYAN de Oro City--"The law requires the creation of a local mental health council," said Dr. Ramon Moreno of the Northern Mindanao Medical Center, a government-run hospital located in the city.

“It is mandated by law to create the council,” Moreno pointed out as a study group started to craft the proposed Mental Health Ordinance.

If the council is functional, and would need an area for meetings, the mental health office can be utilized for planning, strategizing, and formulating policies for the purpose, he added.

Mike Fabello of the City Social Welfare and Development Department assured that he will make a follow-up on the creation of a mental health council, while the study group is crafting the proposed ordinance.

Councilor Maria Lourdes Gaane, chair of the City Council committee on health, and Councilor Joyleen Mercedes Balaba, chair of the City Council committee on social services, reiterated that comments and suggestions of the stakeholders will be incorporated in the proposed legislation.

The proposed Mental Health Ordinance of Cagayan de Oro  City is now being crafted after the joint committee, during its meeting on Wednesday, discussed the provisions of the proposed legislation.

One of the highlights of the meeting was the discussion on the establishment of a mental health office to accommodate “service users” with mental health concerns.

The Gavel, a daily newsletter of the City Council, reported that those with mental health issues will be called “service users”, not “patients”.

In response to the query of Councilor Balaba on the utilization of House of Hope instead of establishing a mental health office, Councilor Jocelyn Rodriguez said the proposed office will be used for counseling, treatment and after care of “service users”.

“House of Hope is considered as a different level of mental health. Dili pwede didto nato ibutang kay layo man but we should have a place nga accessible sa tanan,” said Rodriguez.

Dr. Doris Ann Inihao of the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) clarified that  there are “service users” that can be handled in a community-based facility.  They are those who do not necessarily have to visit a psychiatrist, she explained.

The proposed city mental health office will serve citizens who want to inquire about mental health concerns and also avail of a psychotherapy counseling sessions and access to psychosocial care, she added.

Councilor Rodriguez expressed eagerness over the realization of the project.

“Sagad na nato ni, dili na nato gusto’g tigi-tigi. Mayor Moreno is also really serious of putting up a facility. We do not only cater acute patients, we also cater those who need after care,” she stressed.

MENTAL HEALTH COUNCIL

Dr. Ramon Moreno of NMMC said the law requires the creation of a local mental health council. “It is mandated by law to create the council,” he stressed.

If the council is functional, and would need an area for meetings, the mental health office can be utilized for planning, strategizing, and formulating policies for the purpose, he added.

Mike Fabello of the City Social Welfare and Development Department assured that he will make a follow-up on the creation of a mental health council, while the study group is crafting the proposed ordinance.

Councilors Gaane and Balaba reiterated that comments and suggestions of the stakeholders will be incorporated in the proposed legislation.

Councilors Suzette Magtajas-Daba and Reuben Daba were  present during the meeting. (SP/JBDacer)


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