Under the requirements of the 2017 state mental health program, an outpatient psychiatric department provides services to the citizens of Georgia referred by a family/district physician or an inpatient psychiatric institution; as well as those placed on the register or self-referral patients initiating follow-up visits (upon ascertaining diagnosis), who have been exhibiting the following problems:
- organic mental disorders, including symptomatic disorders;
- schizophrenia, schizotypal disorders;
- affective disorders
- acute stress reaction and adaptation disorders
- intellectual disability (mental retardation)
- impaired mental development
- emotional and behavioral disorders manifested in early childhood and adolescence
Outpatient registration of a patient is done upon his/her wish. However, in case of patients under the age of 16 and/or those with psychosocial needs a written consent from a support person is required.
The aforesaid service includes medication-assisted therapy, home visits, as appropriate, etc.