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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 2340-2733Print version ISSN 0211-5735


SOBRINO CALZADO, Teodosia et al. Impact of the "Law on promotion of personal autonomy and care for people dependent" in population with severe mental disorder. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2012, vol.32, n.114, pp.329-348. ISSN 2340-2733.

Law 39/2006, known as Dependence Law, has generated skepticism since its approval, for being focused on dependancy and barely promoting personal autonomy, treating it as a secondary issue. As it relates to people with severe mental disorder, a major concern to mental health professional organizations and family associations has been the compatibility of the law with the services provided by the National health service and whether the established selection criteria for qualifying for the service fits the needs of this group. This article reflects the work done across several Spanish autonomous regions by different professionals in an attempt to convince the administration to make the necessary adjustment to suit the characteristics of people with serious mental disorders. After discussing its strengths and weaknesses, it outlines three different ways to offset their risks in three different regions, Extremadura, Andalucia and Madrid. Finally it addresses the key aspects of the law which need to be worked on, in order to become a benefit for people with severe mental disorder, and not a barrier.

Keywords : Law; dependence; personal autonomy; severe mental disorder; health; social services; psychosocial rehabilitation.

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