Institutions / Psychiatric Hospitals in Romania
Most institutionalized adults and psychiatric patients in
Romania have had to endure unbelievably bad conditions.
Severe cuts to already poor state funding resulted in cold,
damp and filthy conditions for the most vulnerable in Romanian
There is now a review taking place of all Romanian institutions,
including the old psychiatric hospitals.
Now known as Neuropsychiatry Recovery and Rehabilitation
Centres, these institutions are usually located in remote
rural locations. They were formerly
known as Camin Spital - "Home Hospitals".
Resident numbers can be as high as 400+ of people with learning
difficulties, mental illness, physical disability or just people
with social problems who have ended up in care. Levels of disability
can vary from very high dependency to mild or even none.
We deliver a programme of Arts Therapy for the
Disabled for special needs adults.
This consists of art, music, movement and drama therapy and
basic one to one sensorial work with adults with severe disability
and sensorial deprivation.
We have found that this programme acts as a
tool for introducing human rights issues into
institutions where most of the residents have special needs.
It helps to provide them with their own voice
while developing confidence and self expression.
Please see further details of our Arts Therapy for the Disabled programme which also covers our training
manual and magazine.
We are helping our
Romanian partners to continue this work and, crucially, help
change attitudes to the mentally ill.
Currently, all residents in these institutions are being assessed
with a view to reducing resident numbers to 75 people per
It is a concern that many residents will
be returned to the county of their birth or family origin
- where they may never have been for many
years or have no connection with.
See our proposal for support
to poor communities which we hope will address this issue.
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those in need in Romania please click