Adult 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 society.

There is now a review taking place of all Romanian institutions, including the old psychiatric hospitals.

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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.

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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.

We are helping our Romanian partners to continue this work and, crucially, help change attitudes to the mentally ill.

Please see further details of our Arts Therapy for the Disabled programme which also covers our training manual and magazine.


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See our proposal for support to poor communities which we hope will address this issue.

If you would like to make a quick secure donation to help those in need in Romania please click here