The Mexican government has amended its health law in a way that, for the first time , promises to transform the country’s mental health services to a community-based mental health system.
In 2010, Disability Rights International (DRI) released a widely publicized human rights report, Abandoned and Disappeared: Mexico’s Segregation and Abuse of Children and Adults with disability, which documented atrocious conditions in state-run Mexican institutions. DRI found thousands of children and adults left to languish in near total inactivity, some naked and without access to the most basic hygiene. As a result of DRI’s report, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights held hearings on the rights of people with disabilities detained in institutions in March 2012.
The adoption of this law is one step in moving towards creating services in the community in Mexico.
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