NOTICE PAPER NO. 1082
NOTICE OF QUESTION FOR ORAL ANSWER
FOR THE SITTING OF PARLIAMENT ON 4 APRIL 2022
Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament
Ms Joan Pereira
MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC
Question No. 2704
To ask the Minister for Health with regard to patients with mental health issues and illnesses (a) how is the Ministry ensuring and helping them to adhere to their medical treatments and therapies while they are rehabilitating at home; and (b) how are these patients supported in their efforts to integrate back into the community.
Post discharge, patients with mental health conditions are supported by post-discharge care teams to help them adhere to treatment and medication, and integrate back to the community.
Prior to discharge from acute hospitals, case managers and medical social workers assess the patients’ needs, and refer them to community partners for support services or financial assistance where necessary. Case managers also check in and follow up with patients and their caregivers through regular phone calls. Where necessary, home visits will be conducted.
For patients with stable mental health conditions, our polyclinics, 310 general practitioners and community intervention teams are able to provide the necessary support such as regular check-ins and ensure adherence to medication and follow up appointments. Patients with stable mental health conditions can also tap on psychiatric day centres, which provide day care and ongoing living skills training for those living in the community with caregivers.
Patients seeking employment can approach various community partners, including MINDSET Learning Hub by the Singapore Association for Mental Health and the Institute of Mental Health’s Job Club, which will do their best to facilitate training and job placements.