2 Medical care through hospitalization

Those decided to be hospitalized are hospitalized in designated inpatient care hospitals (designated by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare) where they receive specialized medical care in accordance with the system. Designated inpatient care hospitals provide specialized and careful medical care according to the stage of the symptoms of the subject person.

In order to facilitate the smooth reintegration back into society of the subject persons hospitalized in designated inpatient care hospitals, probation offices make living arrangements toward their discharge from the beginning of their hospitalization. During the course of those arrangements, rehabilitation coordinators of probation offices visit designated inpatient care hospitals where the subject persons are hospitalized to listen to their desires concerning their living situation after being discharged and to discuss with the staff of the designated inpatient care hospitals the arrangement policies. The results of those activities are then used to make the necessary arrangements with regard to the relationship between the subject person and their family, etc. in thus enabling them to smoothly receive necessary assistance such as mental health and welfare services, etc. after being discharged and through the cooperation with the designated outpatient care hospitals and prefectural/municipal mental health and welfare institutions, etc. in the regions where they plan to return to.

Fig. 4-5-3-4 shows the disposition of cases involving living arrangements. The number of cases in which arrangements were commenced in 2010 (excluding cases received by transfer) was 246 and that pending as of the end of the same year 529.

Fig. 4-5-3-4 Disposition of cases involving living arrangements (2006-2010)

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