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Innovative mental health programs in Latin America and the Caribbean

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$20.00 Latin America and the Caribbean / $26.00 Elsewhere


Order code: CD 012

Each experience described in this CD has its own history, as can be seen in each one of the chapters. Yet, all of them are part of a single reform process with shared historical roots and influences. Because a general context is important in order to understand essential aspects of the reforms, this introduction will briefly summarize the historical evolution of the mental health reform process in Latin America and the Caribbean, describing its most influential factors and its main achievements.

As proved by the experiences included in this book, a great deal can be learned from mental health reforms in Latin America and the Caribbean., On the one hand, each initiative developed truly original and innovative solutions for some of the problems usually encountered in the reform processes. Obviously, many of the innovative solutions can be applied in those countries that are at a similar stage of development as the Latin American and Caribbean countries where the reported experiences took place. However, many of these innovations also can be useful to any country interested in reforming its mental health services, regardless of the country’s degree of development. I also believe that the reform of mental health services in Latin America and the Caribbean―given specific aspects such as the dynamic following the Caracas Declaration and the impact of international cooperation―help us to better understand the real importance of some factors, such as social and political aspects and international cooperation, in implementing mental health service reforms.

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