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Policy Brief on Sustainable Financing of Psychosocial Services for Refugees


Congratulations to Mélanie Stamm on her Policy Brief, which has been published! Moreover, a Stakeholder Dialogue was conducted with involved stakeholders on the topic of psychosocial services for refugees.


How can we achieve more sustainable financing of psychosocial services for asylum seekers?

A high percentage of asylum seekers suffer from mental health problems due to the situation in their country of origin, the migration process or post-migration stress factors. International literature shows that psychosocial services (if necessary in combination with outpatient psychiatric therapy) are much more effective for this target group than, for example, inpatient therapy in a psychiatric clinic. Unfortunately, it is often unclear who should pay for such psychosocial services. This Policy Brief describes the challenges this poses for those affected and the various parties involved, and formulates the following recommendations:

i) Promote financing solutions with cantonal involvement

ii) Increase transparency for providers and case managers

iii) Establish transparency on the costs of health and social care for refugees and potential savings

If there is a more effective kind of treatment which would also decrease health care costs, we really need to overcome administrative boundaries keeping us from choosing this way of treatment. Mélanie Stamm, author of the Policy Brief

Find more info and the full Policy Brief here on our website.

Author: Mélanie Stamm
Institution: ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften

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