Around 900 residents of the Institute for Mental Health (IMH) receive ID cards for the disabled. Work on registering patients with the state government and obtaining the UDID (Unique Disability ID) for the center has started.
IMH, along with the District Differently Abled Welfare Office, has taken steps to issue disability certificates and register them for the Government of India’s UDID cards.
“For the first time we started the process to get an ID for every person at IMH. There are many patients who come in as mentally ill, with no relatives, and on receipt. Many people with intellectual disabilities do not know their names and addresses. As soon as we have given them disability cards, the next step is to get them Aadhaar cards. This will help them take advantage of government programs once they improve and are laid off, ”said Fr Poorna Chandrika, Director of IMH.
As part of this initiative, a medical camp was organized on the IMH campus to assess disability and the percentage of disability. The residents of the eighth station were housed in the camp on the first day.
At the moment, IMH is the guardian or designated representative in the address for the identity card, she added.
“We cover patients who do household and security work with Krystal, the outsourced agency, to manage their bank accounts,” she added.
If a patient remembers their identity in the future, it can be changed accordingly. This registration for the disability card has already been carried out regularly for patients who come to the IMH outpatient clinic with participants.
Officials said this would give patients the identity of people with disabilities and would be entitled to state systems based on the disability certificate. The degree of disability – mild, moderate, and severe – would be rated.
“All of these people are residents of IMH. We have a specific format for the disability certificate and we enter the details from each patient’s file, ”said one official.
A doctor would assess whether a person in the camp has a mental illness or an intellectual disability with a mental illness. The type of disability and percentage of disability would be assessed and the doctor would endorse the certificate.
The next step would be to register them.
Officials said iris and fingerprints were collected for aadhaar registration, but there were exceptions for people with disabilities.
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