Development of a National Rehabilitation Program in Ukrainian prisons

 

EU-ACT Project - Ukrainian Regional Office, organised the 1st phase of a long-term activity from 21st to 25th of May.

This activity is the follow-up of a previous assessment conducted in January 2018 on the situation of Psychiatric and Psychological treatment in Ukrainian Prisons, included both on the long term activity which produce a "National Rehabilitation Program for Drug users in Prisons”.

Phase I consisted in a workshop conducted by two psychologists from the Spanish Ministry of Interior´s General Secretariat of Penitentiary Institutions together with a Multidisciplinary Team of Ukrainian experts. Most of the experts belong to the State Criminal Executive Service within the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. During the week, the team discussed and drafted the guidelines that will be used to elaborate a training manual and a guide for practitioners. Experts from CMHMDA, UNODC an PRAVO-Justice also attended some working sessions. The EU experts have a broad experience in developing of these programs in their country and in other Eastern European countries.

The Ukrainian team consisted in a pool of 20 experts, psychologists, security staff, probation staff, narcologists, psychiatrics and trainers from 4 Training Centres of State Criminal Executive Service of Ukraine. They were split in different groups that participated in thematic sessions during those days.

The level of engagement and expertise of the participants made possible to achieve valuable inputs that will be used for the elaboration of the Manual and the Program. Participants recognised important gaps and difficulties in comparison with EU countries, but EU-ACT experts think that the commitment and professionalism of Ukrainian experts could overcome these difficulties.

Phase II of the Rehabilitation Program (Elaboration of the Program and Manual) will start immediately and it´s expected to have the final Manual in this autumn.

The Head of the Government Relations Department from Ministry of Justice, who was present the last day, requested the support of EU-ACT Project to present this Program in a High-level event, most likely with the presence of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. He also requested a visit of a small delegation to see the prisons in Spain before starting the implementation phase of this Rehabilitation Program.

Operative Dimension

Code
Year
Component
Region
Country
Place
Activity Type
Kiev
Training
Objectives

In the area of substance misuse treatment, the current interventions would be aimed to achieve the following objectives:

  • Standardization: A common national program should be designed and redacted. This would promote the program integrity across different colonies.
  • Adherence to scientific principles of effective correctional treatment.
  • Clear cognitive-behavioural orientation.
  • Assessment of the stage of motivational change of the participants.
  • Implementation of different therapeutic itineraries oriented on different goals: abstinence or risk reduction.
  • Implementation of multidisciplinary teams.
  • Evaluation of treatment effectiveness.
  • Inclusion of specific therapeutic activities to address comorbidity between drug misuse and major mental disorders.

Institutions

FIIAPP - Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas

FIIAPP - Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas

Spain
Coordinator

MoJ - Ministry of Justice of Ukraine

MoJ - Ministry of Justice of Ukraine

Ukraine
Beneficiary

MoH - Ministry of Health of Ukraine

MoH - Ministry of Health of Ukraine

Ukraine
Beneficiary