1] In December 2012, when the Deputy Minister's task team invited SASOP to provide inputs into the development of the national MHAP, SASOP took this meeting into account, as wells as the following introductory statements in its submission:
The Deputy Minister also recommended that SASOP review its position statements in context of the proposed national MHAP and identify its role and responsibilities accordingly.
Appraisal of the MHAP at the 2013 SASOP/SESIG meeting
During the 2nd SASOP/SESIG strategic weekend meeting, the eight objectives of the final draft of the national MHAP were considered in the light of the relevant SASOP position statements (PSs).
SASOP'S role and responsibilities according to the national MHAP
The second SASOP/SESIG strategic weekend meeting aimed to (i) operationalise the 12 SASOP/SESIG position statements of the previous year, to derive action plans, indicators and time frames for implementation on a regional and national level; and (ii) review these position statements in the context of the proposed national MHAP, to identify SASOP's role and responsibilities accordingly.
Considering its scope and detail, the national MHAP provides an adequate initial framework for action and allows all mental health role players to consider their various priority activities for the short to medium term.
As required for the national MHAP, clear statements and commitments must be achieved regarding who within SASOP will be responsible for achieving the society's own objectives.
MHAP provided funds for LTs and CTs to meet for a total time of 16 hours over two to three months to plan the QI intervention programs.
Six national mental health experts not involved in the MHAP study rated the quality of QI team intervention proposals.
The MHAP study is part of the Quality Improvement for Depression (QID) project, a four-study collaboration funded by the National Institute for Mental Health and the MacArthur Foundation (Kenneth Wells, M.