NOTICE PAPER NO. 801
NOTICE OF QUESTION FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
FOR THE SITTING OF PARLIAMENT ON OR AFTER 2 NOVEMBER 2021
Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament
Dr Wan Rizal
MP for Jalan Besar GRC
Question No. 1298
To ask the Minister for Health whether the Government is looking at a specific timeline to expand our mental health infrastructure by equipping all polyclinics, general practitioners and social service agencies with the necessary expertise and resources.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has been working with the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) to increase the accessibility of mental health services in the primary and community care settings, in order to strengthen community support for people with mental health needs. In this regard, mental health shared care teams have been set up in the public hospitals to support our primary and community care providers in mental health management through training and capability building. This includes training of community mental health teams, polyclinics and general practitioners in assessment and intervention.
Thus far, we have met our targets of having one in two polyclinics provide mental health services, trained over 220 General Practitioners in mental health management, 50 community outreach teams to engage and provide basic emotional support to individuals at risk of or with mental health conditions, and 18 community intervention teams to provide therapy, by end of 2021. MOH will continue to review mental health service provision in the community so that we can meet the needs of the population.