What does SCARF offer to patients suffering from this illness?

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SCARF offers a comprehensive package comprising of:

  • Out-patient & In-patient care supervised by a multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, social workers and psychologists.
  • Rehabilitation program which is personalized based on the individual’s deficits. This comprises of Cognitive therapy, social skills training and cognitive retraining, group therapy and occupational therapy,
  • Family intervention – Psycho education & supportive therapy for care givers.
  • Family intervention – Psycho education & supportive therapy for care givers.
  • Day care services & Supported Employment for patients.
  •  Free Medication is optional   for clients based on the family income
  • ECT (Electro Convulsive Therapy) services is optional for clients based on their medical requirements
  • Vocational Training at  the Vocational Training Center
  • Bus Service which helps in local transportation of  our clients from their houses to SCARF, morning and evening.

And above all SCARF sees in each client a human being disabled in various ways, but yet deserving the self respect, dignity like his brethren.

Outpatient-Services

At the first visit every patient will undergo a   complete psychological and physical evaluation by the case manager and the consultant psychiatrist.  A registration fee (Rs. 200) once in four months is charged for accessing services at SCARF.   The OPD timings are   9.30am and 12.30pm, 5 days a week except Tuesdays and second Saturdays. We are staffed in a way that enables us to provide supportive, warm and personalized care. Our purpose is to work intensively with clients and their families to provide education about the illness, to provide medications and therapy. A  First Episode Psychosis program is ongoing to address the needs of patients (18-35yrs) who have never been treated or have taken medications   only for less than 1 months implemented.

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Residential Care

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The primary  goal  of the multi-disciplinary team  at SCARF  is to address  the  needs of patient’s and caregivers of serious mental illnesses .The patients are accepted for Respective Specialty Centers for short/long term residential care based on the recommendations of the psychiatrist, who has been treating him/her with the consent of family and the person needing such care. A thorough psychological and physical assessment of the patient shall be made at the time of admission.  The treatment plan includes drug therapy and and psychosocial rehabilitation. Patients are involved in activities ranging from making paper bags,  areca plates( pakkumattai plates), printing, gardening, yoga, music etc. This is done in the three residential centres with the primary objectives of symptom control, reducing disability, improving functioning and recovery. Periodic excursions are also organized for the clients. The centre’s are run on a cost sharing basis with a percentage of beds allocated for those who cannot afford to pay

SCARF has established three residential centers:

  • Bhavishya Bhavan – The Thiruverkadu center was established in 1991 (on land donated by the temple trust with donations from Help Age India, IDBI, Madras Round Table I) and houses 90 mentally disabled women and elderly
  • Just outside the town of Mahabalipuram is the Bhagwan Mahavir Manav Sanmarga Seva Kendra, a center for 45 men, on land donated by Sri Sankaracharya of Kanchi with Sri. Sugalchand, Jindal Trust & Sri. G.N. Damani being the major donors
  • Sarada Menon Centre in our main building in Anna Nagar was inaugurated in 2003 with contributions from the Chennai Willingdon Trust, the Swadhar scheme of the Government of India and the MK Tata Trust. It accommodates 35 persons who require rehabilitation

Centers are Manned by a professional, multi-disciplinary team, these centers offer varying, need based periods of stay and intensive efforts at improving the skills lost by the patients. Patients in all the centers are engaged in work during the day and exposed to recreational activities, yoga and musicPeriodic excursions are also organized for them. They are discharged when found suitable to go back to their families. The centres are run on a cost sharing basis with a percentage of beds allocated for those who cannot afford to pay.

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