The Sectorization System in France

Petitjean, F.
December 2009
International Journal of Mental Health;Winter2009/2010, Vol. 38 Issue 4, p25
Academic Journal
Since the 1960s, French public mental health services have been organized in sectors, with each sector team providing mental health care for a mean population of 54,000 inhabitants. This organization is aimed at providing continuity of care for patients from an identified area. The reduction in the number of hospital beds has been more progressive in France than in the United States and other European countries. In 2000, there were 9.4 beds for 10,000 inhabitants over 20 years old. The sectorization system has shown its efficacy in terms of access to care and continuity of care for severe mental illness. It is now challenged by a growing demand expressed by society in a context of restricted funding and by the difficulties generated by a programmed decrease in the number of psychiatrists. The last mental health program published by the Ministry of Health in 2005 identified the areas in which improvement must be made and gave precise figures for resources to be provided to achieve those aims.


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