SP invests $ 250 million to deploy 700 new beds for addicts

Reference Center on Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs in the state capital, it works 24 hours and expands assistance

The state government will spend about $ 250 million over the next two years to deploy 700 new hospital beds for alcohol and drug addicts in the state. The new beds will total 1,200 jobs to attend to patients.

In addition, the Reference Center on Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs (CRATOD), a unit of the Secretariat in Bom Retiro, the central region of the state capital, will work full time since March, including weekends and public holidays, expanding assistance to users, with nine observation beds for acute cases. About 80 new staff should be hired to drive.

The CRATOD also have an exclusive call center to ask questions of people on drugs, warn about risks and advise on free services for dependent care in the capital and elsewhere in the state. It will not be necessary to identify the user to call the service.

Currently the Department has 482 beds in clinics owned or contracted services for hospitalization of drug addicts in the state. These places are funded entirely with funds from the state treasury, since the Health Ministry did not, until now, the funding of hospital admissions of drug users.

Will be implemented immediately, in the first half of this year, 247 beds, including 40 in the capital, and 72 135 in Itapira in Botucatu. The rest should be open by the end of 2014. It is up to municipalities to screen these patients, verifying the need for hospitalization. The Department will invest about $ 25 million per year to cover all the new beds to be created.

In Sao Paulo, Hospital das Clínicas will face a building exclusively for the treatment of addiction. With 70 beds, the site will also house a unit of the Center for Psychosocial Care (CAPS-d), which will provide 25 high-complexity patients per day, and a unit of the Center for Specialized Social Assistance Reference (Creas), which will receive up to 14 families daily.

The center of the HC will have multidisciplinary teams with social workers, nurses and psychologists, who are responsible for knowing the patient's social scene: if he has a job, family, who are the friends and the use of drugs and alcohol is part of day- him to-day.

There will also be offices, research centers, classrooms and meeting rooms for families. The unit, which should be deployed in an area of ​​3 square meters Cotoxó Hospital (hospital service of the HC in the neighborhood of Pompeii), will aim, in addition to assistance for addicts, test new treatments and expand them to other regions the country.