An overview of mental health care reforms in Latin America and the Caribbean

José Miguel Caldas De Almeida, Marcela Horvitz-Lennon

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This new column provides an overview of mental health reforms in Latin America and the Caribbean. Progress has been particularly visible in countries that have implemented policies with strong political support (Brazil, Chile, and Belize, among others). However, lessons may be learned from the collective experience of a region that has faced multiple obstacles to reform. Available resources are still insufficient and inequitably distributed, reform implementation is not complete in most countries, and high levels of unmet need exist. Countries face new challenges related to growing psychosocial problems affecting children and adolescents and increasing violence, which require new responses from mental health services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-221
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatric Services
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


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