2nd International Congress on Mental Health
Community Mental health Service, Italy
Title: Recovery for all in the Community; Principles and Key Elements of Community-Based Mental Health Care. The European Community Mental Health Services network (EUCOMS)
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Biography: Rene Keet
Service providers throughout Europe have identified the need to define how high quality community-based mental health care looks to organize their own services and to inform governments, commissioners and funders. In 2016, representatives of mental health care service providers, networks, umbrella organizations and knowledge institutes in Europe came together to establish the European Community Mental Health Services Provider (EUCOMS) Network, www.eucoms.net. This network developed a shared vision on the principles and key elements of community mental health care in different contexts. High quality community-based mental health care 1) protects human rights; 2) has a public health focus; 3) support service users in their recovery journey; 4) makes use of effective interventions based on evidence and client goals; 5) promotes a wide network of support in the community and; 6) makes use of peer expertise in service design and delivery. These principles are a value based foundation for building a regional models of integrated mental health care.