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   Situations and Trends

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   Mental Health Resources

  Mental Health Staff

  Budget

  Psychiatric Beds

  Mental Health Facilities

 


   Technologies

  Technologies

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   The Network

  The Network

  The Network of Operations within the Health Care System

  The Network of Operations outside the Health Care System

 


   Visions, Mission and Plan

  Visions, Mission and Plan

 


   Operations

  Strategy of preventing and solving drug abuse under government policy

  Strategy of mental health promotion for the people

  Strategy of standard and quality mental health services

  Strategy of technical development and growth of mental health knowledge

 


   International cooperation

  International cooperation

  Pursuit of International Cooperation

  Annual International Mental Health Congress

  Planning for future cooperation

 



Mental Health Resources

According to a survey on mental health resources in the 1999-2001 period, Thailand's mental health operations are carried out on many different fronts--mental health promotion, prevention of mental health problems, therapeutics and rehabilitation of psychiatric patients, all of which are under the supervision of the Department of Mental Health, Ministry of Public Health. The agency is well endowed with staff, budget allocations, and other resources. It is supplemented by the work of other organizations operating in the field, e.g. units under the Office of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of University Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, other ministries and private organizations.

2. Budget
2.1 Budgets of the Ministry of Public Health and Department of Mental Health
In the period 1993-2000, the Department of Mental Healths yearly budget has been growing from 878.80 million baht in 1993 to 1,551.67 million baht in 2003, representing an average allocation of 2.58% of the Ministry of Public Healths budget (Table 3-7). In 1993 and 1996, the allocations rank the highest, at 2.67% and 2.58% respectively (Figure 3-6). The dramatic hike of 1993 is the result of the elevation of Mental Health Division to Mental Health Institution, enjoying a department-level status under the Ministry of Public Health. The hefty chunk of the budget has been heavily invested in construction, heavy equipment, and operations. From 1994 to 1997, the budgetary increase is 6.16, 16.93, 30.69 and 6.25% respectively. In fiscal 1997-1998, when the Asian economic crisis hit the region, the Department of Mental Health had to suffer budget cutbacks at 5.07 and 3.87% respectively. In fiscal 2000-2001, the department was given 6.95 and 10.13% budget increases. From 2002 to the current year 2003, the budget has again been reduced by 2.25 and 2.51% (Table 3-7 and Figure 3-6).

Table 3-7 Comparison of budgets of the Ministry of Public Health and the Department of Mental Health, fiscal 1993-2003
Table 3-7 Comparison of budgets of the Ministry of Public Health and the Department of Mental Health, fiscal 1993-2003

Source: Bureau of Health Policy and Strategy, Ministry of Public Health.

Figure 3-6 Percentage of the budget of the Department of Mental Health to the budget of the Ministry of Public Health
Figure 3-6 Percentage of the budget of the Department of Mental Health to the budget of the Ministry of Public Health

Source: Department of Mental Health, Ministry of Public Health.
2.2 Budget of the Department of Mental Health by Budget Category
     2.2.1 Personnel Budget The Department of Mental Healths budget for salary and fixed wage amounts to 489.73 million baht in 1993 and 865.56 million baht in 2003, an average 55.78% of the entire budget (Table 4-8).
     2.2.2 Operating Budget This category consists of remuneration, expenses and materials, public utilities, subsidies, and other expenses. The Department of Mental Healths operating budget rises yearly from 223.83 million baht in fiscal 1993 to 630.90 million baht in fiscal 2003. This allocation cuts a 40.66% slice of the departments total budget.
     2.2.3 Investment Budget This category consists of spending on land and construction. From fiscal 1993 to 1997, the Department of Mental Healths investment budget rises yearly from 165.24 million baht in 1993 to 467.46 million baht in 1997. In fiscal 1997, when Thailand suffered from the economic crisis, the budget was reduced from 324.53 million baht to 94.01 million baht in 2000. In the past several years, the Department of Mental Health has had to accept budget cutbacks in this category from 140.68 million baht in 2001 to a mere 55.21 million baht in 2003, representing an average 3.56% of the entire budget of the Department of Mental Health (Figure 3-7).

Table 3-8 Budgetary allocations of the Department of Mental Health by category, 1993-2003
Table 3-8 Budgetary allocations of the Department of Mental Health by category, 1993-2003

Source: Department of Mental Health, Ministry of Public Health.

Figure 3-7 Percentage of the budgetary allocations of the Department of Mental Health by category
Figure 3-7 Percentage of the budgetary allocations of the Department of Mental Health by category

Source: Department of Mental Health, Ministry of Public Health.
 
 



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