Committee for the Upliftment of the mentally Ill

Agency Relations

Cornwall Regional Hospital
CUMI's relationship with CRH's Department of Psychiatry is of fundamental importance for the delivery of services. In the cases of drug addiction, clients are attended to within the department; presently no detoxification programme is available in Montego Bay. Rehabilitation programme plan for the homeless mentally ill, usually begins with the hospitalization of an acutely ill patient. Assessment, diagnosis, medical case file, prescription for medication, group and/or individual counselling, occupational assessment, family education and arrangement for follow-up treatment are services typically provided by the hospital and CUMI.

 

Once discharged from hospital, clients who are in the care of CUMI continue the treatment plan with rehabilitation. Clients with families are discharged in there care, with appointment to attend the psychiatric clinic in the community or within the hospital setting. Often, stabilized patients from CRH are referred to CUMI for continued rehabilitation.

 

In-patient Department: Provides admission for acutely psychotic clients on recommendation of the staff physician/psychiatrist. In the case of CUMI, clients are readmitted into the rehabilitation programme once stabilized and discharged from hospital.

Community Psychiatry

The Mental Health Officer’s (MHO) provides mental health care services/ primary health care from the various clinics and health centres in the communities.

Pharmacy

The hospital and health centres pharmacy provides oral prescribed medication, [as available]. Clients/ patients are encouraged to use the NHF [National Health Fund] card to reduce cost.

Poor Relief
 [Welfare/social benefit department]: Provides assistance to the economically poor by way of the PATH [Poverty Alleviation Health and Education] programme and for those eligible contributors through the National Insurance Scheme [NIS].

 

This service comes under the auspice of the Poor Relief Department/ St. James Parish Council. The provision for the St. James Infirmary, which provides housing and care for the elderly also falls under the St. James Parish Council [local government].

 

Community Psychiatry

The Mental Health Officer’s (MHO) provides mental health care services/ primary health care from the various clinics and health centres in the communities.

Pharmacy

The hospital and health centres pharmacy provides oral prescribed medication, [as available]. Clients/ patients are encouraged to use the NHF [National Health Fund] card to reduce cost.

Police
 Police: The Mental Health Act provides directives for the police to protect persons of unsound mind and accompany them to hospital or make arrangements for a Mental Health Officer to assess the behaviour and condition of such persons if in custody. The Act also provides for persons who may be of danger to themselves or society to be apprehended by the police and then taken to the appropriate service place of safety. Citizen request/ complaints should be referred to them in conjunction with the Hospital Casualty Department and Ambulance Dispatch, mental health [PEMT] team.

Health Department
Health Department: The Health Department's Type 5 clinics provide primary health care, medical treatment and referrals to the hospital upon receipt of a referral note from CUMI, identifying the client. The Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) HIV/AIDS Clinic provides services for assessment and treatment, as well as providing health education and counselling services.

Related Parishes/NGO
Related/Parishes Non-Governmental Organizations NGOs: Several NGOs collaborate with CUMI in providing community health care.

They are listed as follows:

  Savannah La Mar Hospital and MHO programme Tel: 876-955-2216:

Provide clinics and outreach to the homeless mentally ill (WASP--Westmoreland Association for Street People westccja@yahoo.com ).

 

Clarendon Association for Street Persons (CLASP) Tel: 876-986-6902 : provides services for the homeless from a facility located at the infirmary. rae@raewilson.com

 

PRM – Portland Rehabilitation Management services for the homeless mentally ill. Tel: 876-993-8888/ cell:  876-359-6105. Website: www.prmhomeless.org

 

Open Heart Charitable Mission (Montego Bay, St. James), Care Centre Tel: 876-971-9097 & Night Shelter. Tel: 876-971- 5625. E-mail: openheartcharitablemission@live.com, robertclare@live.com.
Website: www.openheartcharitablemission.com

 

Friends of the Homeless Care Centre (Kingston) marvac@carimed.com , Tel: 876-383-7070 or openarmsja@yahoo.com, Tel: 876-938-1757, Network cell: 876-954-0765.

 

Churches: Faith Temple [in association with Half Moon hotel] and Burchell Baptist - supports the CUMI feeding programme by providing lunches on various days of the month. St. John Methodist Men’s Fellowship support CUMI with cash donation from their annual fundraising event, St. Paul’s United Church and Light House of Faith International contributes to CUMI in gift-in-kind.

 

Local Businesses: a number of which support CUMI with pledges in cash and gift-in-kind.

Regular supporters are: HART group of companies [Saffack and Cargo Handlers], Jamaica Money Market Broker’s, Mrs. J. Shirley [TOTAL Service Station-Barnett St. James

Mr. R. I. Whitfield and M. Makela - USA.

 

Gift-In- Kind donors: Jimmy’s & Regal Bakeries, Hall’s Investment [cooking gas], Attorney-at-law services - Mrs. J. Hall-Hamilton] and churches, plus a list of sporadic donors and contributors.

 

Links: (open in a new window)

Jamaicans for Justice: www.jamaicansforjustice.org

Mennonite Central Committee: www.menonitecc.ca/mcc

Jamaica Money Market Brokers: www.jmmb.com

 

 

Telephone:  876-952-8737,
Fax: 876-971-4943
Email:  cumi@cwjamaica.com

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Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI) located at:
Rectory Drive, Brandon Hill,
Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica West Indies,
P.O. Box #1751, Montego Bay #2 P.O.

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