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Our Services

Improving Lives One Mind At A Time.

Our Care Products

The Mental Health Foundation has the task of providing care to the community in 7 main areas called Care Products. These are Admissions, Ambulant Care, Clinic Care,  Crisis Management, Faraja Day Treatment Center,  Information and Prevention, and Short Stay/Long Stay Facilities.

Please click on the respective tabs below to read more about each Care Product.

Or, click on Brochures (PDF) for more information.

What is Admissions?
The Admissions ward is the inpatient wing of the Mental Health Foundation that provides treatment services to clients suffering from serious psychiatric symptoms and/ or requiring 24-hour observation.

The goal of the admissions services is to diagnose and manage psychiatric illnesses and to resolve or stabilize crisis situations in the shortest possible time and facilitate smooth transition of care into the community.

 

How are care, treatment and support organized in the Admissions ward?
A personal care plan is designed within 24 hours based on individual needs. The ward is operated by psychiatrists, a psychologist, social psychiatric nurses, registered nurses and nurse’s aides who work cooperatively to provide the best care. The staff actively involves families and provides psycho-education, including information about the nature of the illness, risk factors, early identification symptoms, compliance and regular follow ups, recovery, rehabilitation, self-management, and how to access rehabilitation services through the Faraja and guided living programs.

 

Once my loved one has been admitted into Admissions, am I allowed to visit?
Regular visitations can be a positive part of recovery. We welcome visits from family and friends of clients treated in Admissions. Our staff members are readily available to offer support, advice and to answer any of your pertinent questions.

Visitation hours are from 6:00 pm to 7:30pm daily. Exceptions may be made through arrangements with an Admissions staff member.

 

How long is the stay and when can I expect my loved one to come home?
The length of stay is dependent upon recovery time and compliance of the client. The client’s discharge date is established by the Psychiatrist.

 

Items to bring for your stay in Admissions:
Once admittance into Admissions is authorized you would need to walk with:

  1. – Overnight personal care items
  2. – Casual clothing
  3. – Comfortable shoes
  4. – Current medications
  5. – Small amount of money (optional)
  6. – Comfort items such as favorite pillow or comforter (optional)

 

Opening Days:
7 X 24
Admission Visiting Hours:
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Contact details:
+1 721 542 16 77 extension 513

What is Ambulant Care?
It provides mental health services to persons suffering from mental health illnesses that are unable to access MHF’s location or would benefit from being treated at home.

The care is a group of services that focuses on improving the client’s functioning, on all levels of everyday life, in his or her direct living environment. These services include:

– Stabilization of psychiatric illnesses in clients own environment.
– Monitoring adherence, side effects and reaction to medication.
– Assessing safety of the client’s home environments and providing guidance.
– Informing the client and family about the illness and treatment (psycho-education).
– Assessing tolerance and reaction of family members and or others in client support system.
– Supporting life goals and facilitating integration into mainstream society.

The frequency of visits is dependent upon each case and is determined by the condition of the client. Usually, a weekly visit is rendered by an appointed case manager and if needed, by the psychiatrist.

What would require the need for Ambulant Care?
There are a number of reasons why individuals who suffer from psychiatric illnesses receive treatment in their own living environments:

– Client is physically and /or mentally unable to come to MHF
– Client does not want to come to MHF
– Client requires at-home guidance and support
– Client has risk of repeated hospitalization due to persistent mental illness
– Client has history of medication non adherence
– Client is under care following a recent discharge from the admission facility.

Most importantly, research has shown that caring for individuals in their social and living environment significantly reduces re-admittance, recidivism and a potential crisis.

How is care organized?
The intensity of care and the frequency of home visits will be discussed and finalized in consultation with the client, their care givers and the Ambulant Care team.

The client’s status will be re-evaluated once per week by MHF’s multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive psychiatric care and treatment.

 

Opening Days:
Monday to Friday
Opening Hours:
8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Ambulant Care Extension:
+1 721 542 1677 extension 506/504/511

What is clinic care?
It provides comprehensive mental health services to both children and adults who are suffering from various mental health disorders and related issues. Clinic care’s multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologist, social workers and mental health nurses aims to provide quality psychiatric and psychological treatment to clients and their family.

What are clinic care services?
The services offered are focused towards outpatient clients (clients that receive treatment without being admitted) and are based on a comprehensive physical, psychological, mental, cognitive, family and environmental assessment of a patient/client.
These services include:

– Comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic evaluation and treatment
– Medication management
– Psychological counseling and therapy (Individuals, children, family)
– Psychological testing

How is care organized?
There is a process to be followed in order to offer quality care and to meet the needs of the clients.  This process includes:

1. Nurse intake: the client will be presented with a series of questions by a mental health nurse in order to gather crucial background information.
2. Psychiatric intake: the client will be assessed by the psychiatrist to determine the presence or absence of a mental illness and the appropriate treatment plan for the client and/or further services the client might be in need of, i.e. psychological, day care, ambulant, etc.
3. Treatment: once it is established what course of action to take, treatment will then begin along with psycho-education and support.

How is aftercare delivered?

This service is provided by the case managers and psychiatrist and is dependent upon each client’s individual case and circumstances.

Who would benefit from Clinic Care?
Persons with mental health issues in varying degrees of severity can benefit from our services. These issues include:

– Serious, chronic and persistent mental illness
– An individual with mental illness who is at risk for repeated hospitalizations
– An individual experiencing a psychotic episode (first or recurrent) Psychological problems
– Need for aftercare after being diagnosed with a mental illness
– Situational and stress-related complaints

Early detection and treatment of mental disorders has been proven to lessen the severity of some mental illnesses, minimize long-term disability and improve likelihood of recovery as well as normal functioning. 

Contact details
Opening Days:
Monday to Friday
Opening Hours:
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Contact details
+1 721 542 1677 extension 501

What is crisis intervention?
Crisis Intervention is a 24 hour psychiatric emergency care unit that aims to return individuals experiencing a mental health crisis to their normal level of functioning by increasing stabilization.

What is a mental health crisis?
In mental health, a crisis is any situation in which an individual’s behaviors put them at risk of hurting themselves or others after all available coping skills and resources to resolve the situation have been ineffective.

Here are a few examples:

– Present clear danger to self or others

– Physical, mental and social deterioration

– Suicide attempt or serious gesture or threat

– Significant depression-suicidal thoughts.

– Actively violent, aggressive or disruptive behavior

– A cute onset of psychosis or severe thought disorganization or clinical deterioration in condition of chronic psychosis

– Presence of medication needs, or a medical process or condition which is life threatening

– Need for medication therapy or complex diagnostic evaluation

 

What interventions are offered?
The term “intervention” refers to the methods used to offer immediate, short-term help to individuals who experience an event that produces emotional, mental, physical and behavioral distress or problems. Here are the following methods used:

– “On the spot” risk assessment of crisis situation

– Defusing the crisis situation by counseling intervention pharmacotherapy or phone consultation

– Involuntary admittance

– Voluntary admittance

Who works in crisis intervention?
The crisis intervention team, or crisis team, works collaboratively with the Police and Ambulance Department to take on the responsibility of managing crisis in the community. The crisis team includes:

– Psychiatrist 

– Registered Nurses/Case Managers

– On call nurse

– Security guards

The crisis team utilizes a crisis area that is under 24-hour observation.

What should I do if I am a witness to a crisis situation?
Crises are temporary but the effects may become long-lasting. If the crisis situation poses a direct danger to the person in crisis or others, you must call the police immediately.

In a crisis situation, solely the St. Maarten Police Force, the Ambulance Department and a general practitioner can refer individuals to the MHF’s crisis intervention.

MHF’s on-call nurses are ready to assist and are reachable 24 hours a day by calling   (+1-721) 520-5556.

Can I visit someone who has been admitted under crisis intervention?
Regular visitations can be a positive part of recovery. We welcome visits from family and friends of clients who are receiving treatment in Admissions. Our staff members are readily available to offer support, advice and to answer any of your pertinent questions.

Visitation hours are from 6:00 pm to 7:30pm daily. Exceptions may be made through arrangements with an Admissions staff member.

Early detection and treatment of mental disorders has been proven to lessen the severity of some mental illnesses, minimize long-term disability and improve likelihood of recovery as well as normal functioning.

 

Opening Days:
7 X 24

Admissions Visiting Hours:
6:00pm – 7:30pm

Admission Extension:
+1 721 542 1677 extension 513

What is the Faraja Center?

It is a day treatment facility for adults that offer guidance, support and empowerment to persons suffering from mental illnesses and their families.

The word “Faraja” (pronounced fah-rah-jah), is a Swahili word meaning ‘comfort’ and ‘consolation’.

Its objective is to guide and motivate clients with a psychiatric illness to achieve the self-confidence and skills needed to actively participate in mainstream society regardless of personal challenges.

What programs does the Faraja Center offer?

The Faraja Center’s services include: therapy, computer skills, arts and crafts, soap and candle production, sports, home economics, life skills, job training, counselling, psycho-education, mentorship, support and transportation.

An individualized care plan will be developed based on the client’s mental health needs and personal life goals.

 

Early detection and treatment of mental disorders has been proven to lessen the severity of some mental illnesses, minimize long-term disability and improve likelihood of recovery as well as normal functioning. 

 

Contact

Faraja Center Opening Days:

Monday to Friday

Faraja Center Opening Hours:

8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Faraja Center Telephone Number:

(+1-721) 542-1677 extension 507

Within the Care Product of Prevention and Information the responsibility lies in disseminating information from the Foundation to the community. This includes but is not limited to dispersing information to clients and their families, schools, social workers and the general public.The Mental Health Foundation works closely together with a variety of local, regional and international media outlets.

Information is usually dispersed through health updates in the local news papers,  re-occuring workshops and lectures, internal presentations as well as community based presentations, radio and television interviews, website updates and through target group focused events.

Through these activities the Prevention and Information Care Product wishes to contribute to creating awareness and eradicate stigma and discrimination of persons suffering with mental illnesses in our community.

What is Short Stay and Long Stay?

Short Stay is a living facility that provides treatment services designed to enable recovery and independence. It is offered to psychiatric clients between the ages of 18 and 60 years for a period from 3 up to 6 months (Short Stay) or 6 to 12 months (Long Stay). Clients must meet the requirements for entry into this structured guided living facility that caters to persons with psychiatric disorders who would benefit from intensive professional guidance and supervision. The focus of the service is to provide treatment based on a multi-disciplinary care plan that reflects the client’s abilities and needs.

Long Stay is the subsequent treatment service of Short Stay. It is offered to clients between the ages of 20 and 60 years, who would benefit from a longer period of treatment or more intensive professional guidance and supervision for up to 12 months.

How is aftercare delivered?

This service is provided by the case managers and psychiatrist and is dependent upon each client’s individual case and circumstances.

What can one expect in Short Stay/ Long Stay?

Individuals that enter Short Stay/ Long Stay treatment service are provided with an individualized treatment plan which includes: therapy, psycho-education, life skills, candle and soap production, job training, sports, and gardening, handy craft, regular assessments and treatment compliance.

My loved one is accepted into Short Stay/ Long Stay, will I be allowed to visit?

Regular visitations can be a positive part of recovery. We welcome visits from family and friends of clients treated in Short Stay or Long Stay. Our staff members are readily available to offer support, advice and to answer any of your pertinent questions.

Visitation hours are from 6:00 pm to 7:30pm daily. Exceptions may be made through arrangements with a Short Stay/ Long Stay staff member.

Early detection and treatment of mental disorders has been proven to lessen the severity of some mental illnesses, minimize long-term disability and improve likelihood of recovery as well as normal functioning. 

 

Contact

Short Stay/ Long Stay Opening Days

7 X 24

Short Stay/ Long Stay Visiting Hours:

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Short Stay/ Long Stay Telephone Number:

(+1-721) 542-1677 extension 507

Our Tariffs

Care Description ANG USD Time
First Session Intake(by Nurse) & Administration 50.00 $ 28.00 1 hr
Second Session Intake(by Psychiatrist) 200.00 $ 111.00 1 hr
Short Consultation 75.00 $ 42.00 1/2 hr
Individual Psychotherapy 130.00 $ 72.00 1 hr
Partner/Relationship Therapy 250.00 $ 139.00 1 hr
Family Psychotherapy 320.00 $ 178.00 1 hr
Group Therapy 320.00 $ 178.00 1 hr
Child Psychotherapy 180.00 $ 100.00 1 hr
Emergency Consultations after hours 195 $ 109.00 2 hrs
Prescription without consult (by phone) 30.00 $ 17.00 15 min
IM injection 40.00 $ 22.00 1/2 hr
Home Consultation (nurse) 145.00 $ 77.00 1/2 hr
Home Consultation (doctor) 150.00 $ 183.00
Phone Consultation 30.00 $ 17.00 1/2 hr
Short report/findings 200.00 $ 112.00 1/2 hr
Short Report Final 520.00 $ 289.00 45 min
Short Letter 35.00 $ 20.00 15 min
Psychiatric Report 1,200.00 $ 667.00 8 hrs
Admissions Ward per day (excl. medication) 389.00 $ 217.00