The Mental Health, Depression and Suicide Prevention Program, for online psychological assistance for parents and caregivers of people with disabilities, may be created in the State of Rio. This is what Law 10.194/23 provides, which was approved by the Assembly Legislative Assembly of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Alerj), sanctioned by governor Cláudio Castro and published in the Official Gazette this Monday (4). The proposal establishes that the benefits of the program will be offered to parents and caregivers whose monthly family income does not exceed the amount corresponding to three minimum wages.
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The implementation of the program must take place through agreements, partnerships with non-governmental organizations, universities and public and private educational institutions, government bodies and other sectors of civil society, in order to prevent illness, stress, depression and suicide of parents and direct caregivers of PWDs.
The Executive Branch may also be authorized to create a free and easy-to-view cell phone application, with assisted technology resources, to offer psychological care via videoconference. Scheduling psychological care must be carried out directly in the application.
The program protocols must be developed by a multidisciplinary team made up of psychologists, therapists and social workers, without prejudice to other professionals who are necessary for their preparation, implementation and qualified development.
“The objective is to offer psychological support to parents and caregivers of PWDs, aiming at early intervention to welcome, reduce the impacts of denial or difficulty in acceptance, strengthen family ties through qualified information about the disability and reducing the stress of parents or direct caregivers”, explains Congresswoman India Armelau (PL), who is one of the authors of the law.
The text was also written by deputies Fred Pacheco (PMN), Brazão (União), Carla Machado (PT), Danniel Librelon (REP), Dionísio Lins (PP), Jari Oliveira (PSB), Otoni de Paula Pai (MDB) and Vinicius Cozzolino (União).
Source: BdF Rio de Janeiro
Editing: Mariana Pitasse