Carla Vizzotti met with the Federation of Psychologists of Argentina to continue strengthening mental health policies

The Minister of Health of the Nation, Carla Vizzotti, met today with authorities of the Federation of Psychologists of the Argentine Republic (FePRA) who made their organization available to accompany and strengthen the policies proposed in the national law and in the Federal Strategy for a Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health.

After thanking FePRA for its interest, Vizzotti proposed setting up a working group to open a permanent dialogue channel and “make a collective construction” of policies related to mental health that includes professionals, associations and scientific societies and the community. all.

The minister indicated that the COVID-19 pandemic left as an experience the articulation between ministries, jurisdictions and scientific societies and that the purpose is to take this way of working to other areas.

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“From the outset, the President became aware of health and mental health, and in April he launched the Federal Strategy for a Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health,” said the head of the national health portfolio, adding that “in five months not only A lot of work was done to achieve concrete actions, but a network of people who trust and are waiting for what is being done was formed. It is very important to maintain that network beyond management”.

In his turn, the president FePRA, Marcelo Clingo, stressed that “it is the first time that a meeting has taken place between the federation and a Minister of Health of the Nation. It is a historical fact for our federation that has to do with the place that mental health has occupied”.

Clingo explained that the FePRA has representation in the 24 jurisdictions and added that “since mental health has become increasingly relevant within national health policies, we wanted to approach the ministry because we understand that the transformations and full compliance with the law requires with a high level of commitment.

For his part, the undersecretary of Quality, Regulation and Supervision, Claudio Ortiz, referred to the importance of having the collaboration of the federation to have updated and complete information in the Federal Network of Registers of Health Professionals that allows planning of policies as well as the consultation by users and users.

Carla Vizzotti met with the Federation of Psychologists of the Argentine Republic to continue strengthening mental health policies

Given the interest shown by the federation to create specialties in psychology, Ortiz referred to the importance of defining their certification criteria and the need for approval in the different jurisdictions.

Finally, the Undersecretary of Management of Services and Institutes, Edith Benedetti, mentioned the advances in this field such as the creation of the Diploma in Community Mental Health, new Interdisciplinary Residences in Mental Health (RISAM), the incorporation of psychotropic drugs in medicine cabinets Remedy for primary health care centers and the treatment of mental health problems in the meetings of the Federal Health Council. “The minister put the issue of mental health on the agenda and it is important to maintain it and that professionals are aware of the actions that are being developed,” said Benedetti.

Also present at the meeting were the general secretary of FePRA, Carolina Del Fresno; the treasurer Ezequiel de la Torre; the vocal Giselle Cesario and the vocal Emiliano Much Ghiglione.

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