By Sheeda Fathil
SHAH ALAM, Nov 30 — The state government has provided some 700 subsidised slots for psychiatrist treatment, to those seeking mental health screenings.
State executive councillor for public health Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said approximately RM222,600 has been allocated for that purpose, with an estimate of RM200 per slot and limited to five treatments per patient.
“This initiative provides a faster alternative for low-income individuals from the B40 category.
“The state government will bear the screening costs, psychiatrist consultation charges, basic psychotherapy treatment and medications, for the first two weeks,” she said.
Dr Siti Mariah was speaking at a press conference following the launch of the Psychiatric Treatment Subsidy Incentive at the State Secretariat Building, earlier today.
She added the programme is also being carried out in cooperation with the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), as well as with psychiatrists from the Malaysian Psychiatric Association and Selcare Clinic.
Individuals seeking treatment must complete the initial screening process on the SELangkah app.
“Based on the eligibility of the initial screening test, applicants can determine the choice of Selcare clinic on the app for the second screening. Eligible applicants will be referred to a psychiatrist for further treatment.
“The state government hopes this psychiatric treatment subsidy incentive can complement the Federal government’s efforts in handling mental health problems, and reduce the burden on government hospitals,” Dr Siti Mariah said.