EPAPSY (Association for Regional Development and Mental Healthcare) was established in 1988, on the initiative of Prof. Stelios Stylianidis; since then, it is continuously active aiming to offer an alternative model of psychosocial care to the community based on the principles of Social Psychiatry and Psychosocial Rehabilitation.
Especially during the last years, having assumed the scientific and administrative responsibility for running in total twenty-three accommodation units of psychosocial rehabilitation, two mobile units
of mental healthcare in the Cyclades islands and one day care center, EPAPSY is innovating with the development of a network of services and professionals working for the purposes of social psychiatry. EPAPSY has supported the establishment and function of the Social Cooperative of Limited Liability in the 5 th Attica District for Mental Healthcare provision, in the administrative Region of Central Greece and the city of Trikala, as well as local associations of mental health (in Chalkida, the northern suburbs of Athens, the Region of Voiotia).
It is our aim to provide a model of comprehensive mental healthcare to the community. The quality of care is assured via the interdisciplinary collaboration, the application of WHO guidelines, the connection to the local services, local providers, users and families, the fight against the stigma and the social exclusion, the continuous learning and training of professionals.
The mental healthcare services provided by the association are controlled and funded via the regular budget, under the supervision and upon authorization of the Ministry of Healthcare. In parallel, in the context of proper management, the financial reporting of our association is annually controlled by independent chartered accountants, while our budget is also submitted to the Court of Auditors.
The quality of our provided services in the field of mental healthcare has been recognized and certified by the National Evaluation Center of Quality & Technology in Health (EKAPTY – former EKEVYL) with the international standard ISO 9001:2000 for implementing a quality system. We have been awarded with the prize for the most important administrative intervention (2011) by the Hellenic Health Services Management Association. Bodossaki Foundation evaluated our organization in 2014 in the framework of the program “We are all citizens” as an organization of international standards.