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Norms Manual for Severe Psychiatric Conditions

Ministry of Health; Republic of South Africa Country Resources Mental Health Service Standards South Africa 31 December 2007 Policy document mental health care, mental health service, service standards

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This norms manual is designed to be read by provincial mental health coordinators, district health managers, hospital managers, and all those involved in the planning and management of public mental health services in South Africa.

Its goals are;
(1) To introduce a set of norms into mental health service planning and delivery
(2) To assist provincial mental health coordinators, district health managers and hospital managers to assess, plan and monitor mental health services according to the proposed norms.


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