Sakalwara Rehabilation Service

  It is a joint activity of Community Psychiatry services and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, headed by Dr Jagadisha Thirthalli, Professor of Psychiatry ( ).  The services provided are step-down psychiatric care & psychosocial rehabilitation of patients stable on medications for more than 4-6 weeks. The services include Daily Living Skills, Behavioural Work, Group Therapy, Occupational Therapy,Family Therapy & Yoga carried out by a multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals. The services provided are also customized according to the individual need of the patient. Very often, a liaison is set up with industries in & around the centre that can provide vocational training which will be useful for some of the patients in the real world scenario.

        Who will get benefit? 

                         Patients who need psycho-social rehabilitation before joining mainstream work & before reintegration into their family & community

          How does one get an appointment?

                    Any patient with severe mental illness and common mental disorder, stable on medication for more than 3-4 weeks referred by a consultant psychiatrist from NIMHANS can come to the center. The admission will be done after assessment by the psychiatrist at the SCMHC. The patients can come through the NIMHANS Psychiatry OP/IP referral system, if the consultant psychiatrist feels that the patient will benefit by admission in the SCMHC than being admitted in the main hospital for acute care.

 The primary treating psychiatrist can send the patients with a referral letter, stating the reasons for need of rehabilitation & admission at SCMHC.

 No direct admission of patients without referral from a consultant psychiatrist at NIMHANS will be entertained.

 The treating team at SCMHC can also be reached directly. The treating team will be happy to guide the patient,

 the attender & the referring psychiatrist in getting the admission done.

Day and time: We can be reached on Monday-Saturday from 9.00am-4.00pm

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Details of SRS can be read in article below :

Manjunatha N, Agarwal PP, Shashidhara HN, Palakode M, Raj E A, Mary Kapanee AR, Nattala P, Kumar C N, Sudhir P, Thirthalli J, Bharath S, Sekar K, Varghese M.

                  First 2 years of experience of “residential care” at “sakalawara rehabilitation services,” National institute of mental health and neurosciences, Bengaluru, India.

                  Indian J Psychol Med 2017;39:750-5.

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