Saudi Human Rights Commission detects issues in mental health care services

Abu Dhabi: The Saudi Human Rights Commission has monitored a number of observations during its inspection teams’ visits to the various mental health complexes across the kingdom, which included discrepancy in the general condition of buildings, inadequate level of hygiene and maintenance in some of them, and shortage in equipment and specialised medical professionals.

The Saudi watchdog also reviewed the services provided to home care to the beneficiaries, and the number of inpatients and the estimated capacity of complexes, application of diets, and the appropriateness of the meals provided.

The watchdog said it will work with the relevant authorities to address the shortcomings.

Today, most patients with serious mental health problems in Saudi Arabia are treated in psychiatric hospitals that provide in-patient and outpatient services, according to a study by Open Journal psychiatry, published in 2014.

The study says patients with chronic mental disorder continue to be hospitalised for pro-longed

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iRecovery awarded Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission

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BOCA RATON, Fla., Oct. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — iRecovery, LLC has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for behavioral health care Accreditation of its programs providing Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), Office Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT), Collaborative Care and Telemedicine by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

iRecovery USA underwent a rigorous onsite review on September 17th and 18th, 2020. During the visit, Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with behavioral health care standards spanning several areas including: Care, treatment and services; medication management; emergency management; environment of care; infection prevention and control; leadership; information management; and numerous other areas surveyed.

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed

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After doctors warn masks are still needed, Pinellas Commission stays the course

The Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday did not schedule a vote to repeal its mask ordinance after the heads of four local hospitals stressed that the safeguard has been essential in bringing coronavirus cases down from the summer peak.

Doctors from AdventHealth, Baycare, Community Health Centers of Pinellas and HCA also warned the preventative measure is needed because of the impending flu season, which could potentially be exacerbated with coronavirus in a scenario they called a “twindemic.”

Three weeks after the mask ordinance went into effect on June 23, the county’s daily caseload had reached an average of 330 new cases per day. It then reached a low of 64 in late August, and was at 77 as of last week, according to state data.

The doctors emphasized much is still being learned about the novel virus and pressed officials to stay the course.

“You have saved literally hundreds of

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