Kerala Positive; No one to take care, here is Home again

Families are true supporters of people with mental illness. However, some families are reluctant to take back home the mentally ill once the treatment is complete. For these people, the Kerala Government has come up with ‘Home Again’, a unique venture to accommodate them.

The Social Justice Department issued administrative sanction for the implementation of the Home Again project 2020-21, informed Kerala Social Justice Minister K K Shailaja.

Home Again aims at social rehabilitation of people who have nowhere to go even after the completion of the treatment

The Department of Social Justice will implement the programme with the participation of the Department of Health and help of voluntary organizations. The project (unit of 5 persons) is implemented on a pilot basis in Kondazhi Panchayat in Thrissur District. The government sanctioned an amount of Rs 4.41 lakh for the project, Shylaja said.

The project envisages community care support

“Home Again” is a rehabilitation home with a supportive service approach aimed at community rehabilitation.  The scheme provides an opportunity for the mentally ill to rent a house and live in shared houses in the community and to engage in personal meaningful activities such as health, socialization, financial intervention, work and leisure.

The project envisages community care support and opportunities for a variety of jobs, facilitation of government welfare activities, problem solving, socialization support, recreation, health care, case management, and personal assistance.

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