This clinic will provide mental health services to people with whom they have had a conflict with the Law
but are reputable due to their mental illnesses.  - Social Security photo -


Published on Monday, July 12, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Despite the health and economic crisis caused by the pandemic, Social Security built a public clinic budgeted at approximately $13,112,000 for the care of people who have been guilty of crimes but have been declared as patients with mental illness.

According to Social Security, the new clinic is located next to the National Psychiatric Hospital, in Pavas Canton, San Josť Province. This clinic will provide mental health services to people with whom they have had a conflict with the Law but are reputable due to their mental illnesses.

"Once (patients) have completed their treatment, they could be productively reintegrated into society," Roman Macaya, President of Social Security said.

Among the medical specialties offered to patients are psychiatry, general medicine, nursing, nutrition, clinical psychology, legal advice, and occupational therapy.

The clinic has four hospitalization modules, classrooms, workshops, an area for practicing sports among other facilities where it is estimated to serve 130 people in the regular modules, 12 more patients who require physical care and six more people in the rooms of isolation.

Recently, Social Security announced the $1.9 million public clinic in San Carlos, Alajuela Province.

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