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MenACE Mental palliative and aging

MenACE

Mental health, aging and palliative care in European prisons

 

Synopsis

Mental health conditions are especially prevalent among incarcerated population, which presently amounts to about 10 million, worldwide. These mental health issues are exacerbated with age as over 20% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental or neurological disorder. The number of incarcerated elderly is increasing at an exponential rate: at a rate three times that of the general prison population. In this context, this project aims to increase the response to mental health disorders within prisons and the quality of palliative and end of life care provided in prisons, by enhancing the competences of management and frontline staff.

 

Objectives

  • To develop pedagogical materials and learning processes that support the training of staff and the training of trainers in the field of mental healthcare and geriatrics in prisons;
  • To develop and pilot a “train the trainer” course for prison professionals (blended learning) so that they can be able to train continuously their colleagues on metal healthcare and the needs of older prisoners;
  • To develop and pilot a training course targeting first line prison administrators and first line prison staff on basic mental health and age-related heath issues;
  • To develop and pilot a training course targeting first line prison staff on the recognition and prevention of suicides;
  • To raise awareness within prison staff, prisoners and their families through information and educational materials about mental health issues, and the risk of suicide and self-harm (including awareness of times of risk: when prisoners may be at risk of particular distress and anxiety);
  • To enhance cooperation with community health care providers and NGO’S through referral of mentally ill inmates to local or regional mental health care organisations to ensure access to that can provide further evaluation and treatment after incarceration or during community probation measures;
  • To raise the awareness of policy makers and judicial staff (namely judges and prosecutors) to the problem of mental health disorders, palliative and end of life care and aging and its consequences to prison systems.

 

Expected outcomes

  • A training toolkit;
  • A training guide with detailed competences and skills and indicators (blueprint);
  • Comprehensive training courses, namely: “mental health and suicide prevention”, “geriatrics in prisons” and “palliative care in prisons”;
  • An e-learning course and a train the trainer course;
  • A course manual, open source and usable in all partnership countries languages;
  • Five national seminars and an international seminar;
  • Three short-term transnational staff trainings, involving 24 participants each (1 team from each country).

 

Promoter

Hospice Casa Sperantei, Romania

 

Partners

Helse Bergen Haukeland University Hospital, Norway

Administratia Nationala a Penitenciarelor, Romania

EuroPris – European Organisation of Prison and Correctional Services (Netherlands and Belgium)

IPS_Innovative Prison Systems (Qualify Just – IT solutions and Consulting), Portugal

De Federale Overheidsdienst Justitie – Le Service Public Federal Justice, Belgium

BSAFE LAB (Beira Interior University), Portugal

Direção-Geral de Reinserção Social e Serviços Prisionais, Portugal

 

Funding

Erasmus+ Programme, KA2 – Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education

 

Time Frame

15/11/2016 – 14/11/2018 (24 months)

MenACE Project logo

Prisons’ management and frontline staff competences regarding aging, mental health and palliative care

Sector
Penitentiary

Services
Healthcare, Special needs, Training and development

Where
Romania, Norway, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal

Website
www.menace-project.org

Contact us
ips@prisonsystems.eu