Chief Assistant Vladimir Nakov, PhD, Tel: (359 2) 8056214,
Prof. Plamen Dimitrov, PhD, MD, Tel: (359 2) 8056420,
The RECOVER-E project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under Grant Agreement 779362 with a leading partner that is the Trimbos Institute, The Netherlands.
The project involved Bulgaria, Northern Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Croatia, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Moldova, as well as the European Psychiatric Association and the European Psychological Association. The leading partner is the Trimbos Institute, The Netherlands.
The RECOVER-E project has the following objectives:
• Development of evidence-based care pathways and treatment protocols and a proposal to regional and national decision-makers. The implementation of the community mental health model should continue after the project’s life span.
• Creating partnerships to build equal relationships – so-called peer-to-peer exchanges for capacity building, in the community mental health system by linking a European panel of experts to key stakeholders in the five implementing parties (policy makers, service leaders, service providers, users and carers) to co-create services in the mental health community for people with serious mental illness
• Involvement of recovery-oriented care by recognizing the value of experimental knowledge by enlisting "peer experts" as members of community-based mobile mental health teams
• Assessment of intervention and programme elements that will improve the sustainable adoption and implementation of community-based mental health services for people with serious mental illnesses by conducting a research study in the five participating countries.
The project is implemented in 8 work packages - WP1: Management and Coordination, WP2: Needs Assessment and Feasibility Assessment, WP 3: Implementation, WP4: Research Assessment, WP5: Economic Assessment, WP6: Addressing the gap between Policy and Practice, FP7: Dissemination, FP8: Ethical requirements
The implementation of the project will allow the construction of a systemic model for community mental health care, which is not an alternative to hospital psychiatric care, but is the missing unit in psychiatric care in Bulgaria. The idea is, through mobile teams operating in the community, to prevent mental health crises that require hospitalization of patients with severe mental illness. If necessary, team members can offer support for placement in a psychiatric hospital if the care and efforts of the individual in the community are not sufficient for him / her. The mobile teams, which include a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, nurse and "peer expert", will meet the basic needs of the patient, and they are not always medical ones only.
On the Bulgarian side, the project is being implemented by the Nikola Shipkovenski Center for Mental Health, which will organize mobile teams. The research and scientific part is implemented by the National Center of Public Health and Analyses (NCPHA). The scientific part of the project involves comparing the condition of two groups of patients, the first of whom will receive usual psychiatric care and the other - care from mobile teams.
The project envisages comparing and analyzing the effect of the implementation of this model in the different participating countries. In addition, a large-scale comparison will be made between patients in usual psychiatric care and those cared for by mobile teams in the five countries - Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia and Romania.
You can read more about the project here