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Ministry of Health Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Country Resources Mental Health Policies Marshall Islands 1 January 2011 Policy document human rights, mental health service, strategy

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The aim of the Mental Health and Human Service program is to ensure people who are living with mental disabilities shall be protected, medically cared for and be able to access the services without any possible conflicts with our traditional values and the post modern situations. The services provided must be imbedded on “Yokwe” (Marshallese word for love or care for) or “Iakwe” which means “you are rainbow.”

In keeping with the vision, mission statement, values and principles, the objectives of this policy are as follows:
a. To protect the people living with mental disabilities from public discrimination and stigmatization.
b. To protect the human rights of people living with mental disorders.
c. To ensure the people with mental disabilities are treated with dignity and care.
d. Promote perception that people with mental disabilities will be recovered through proper treatment and support from the families.
e. To strengthen the mental health and human services that has currently integrated in the Ministry of Health.
f. To ensure necessary resources are funneled to the mental health and human services.

Strategies to implement this policy are also outlined.

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