The Department of Social Development, through the National Counseling Centre, seeks to impact even more lives in 2022 – Minister Hamilton

Hon. Eugene Hamilton
Through: (SKNIS), Press release

    Basseterre, St. Kitts, December 21, 2021 (SKNIS): Minister of Social Development and Gender, Hon. Eugene Hamilton, during the third (3) day of debate on the 2022 budget, spoke about the work done by the Department of Social Development, primarily the advisory department, while putting his stamp of approval on the 2022 budget.

    “The National Counseling Center operated with a staff of four (4) clinical counselors for most of the year. Four Family Affairs Counselors operated for 2021, and the work of clinical staff is to address mental health, distress and disorder issues and formulate appropriate treatment strategies, plans and interventions to resolve presenting issues. . The Family Matters council works directly with families who experience disruptions in their reporting structures, which then leads to chaos and discord in the household. This is one of the issues addressed. As part of the Family Matters response in 2021, the department engaged one hundred and twenty-eight (128) families, particularly those impacted by the disruptions of COVID-19. The Family Matters counseling service continues to support the reintegration of children into families from which they have been separated, and it also advocates for children and family in schools and communities,” said Minister Hamilton.

    The Minister of Social Development also spoke of a number of other key mandates carried out by his ministry in support of improving the level of citizens and residents of the Federation. The Senior Management Empowerment Programme, training of persons with disabilities and disaster management are all under the responsibility of the Ministry of Social Development.

    “In 2022, the department will continue work on our aging policy and begin to find funding for the development of an elder abuse policy, as we consider this to be an area of serious concern. Discussions will take place in 2022 on the further development of standards of care for the elderly, the register of carers and the introduction of home help for elderly clients on weekends and public holidays… The ministry has received approval from the UPR Trust Fund for a project to mainstream the rights of persons with disabilities through a number of activities, including sensitization training of government officials on the rights of persons with disabilities and obligations of the State, carrying out a comprehensive analysis/review of national legislation and policies affecting persons with disabilities, creating the ‘road map’ on the necessary reforms and developing a database on the people with disabilities in SKN to guide and inform policies and programs,” said Minister Hamilton.

    Minister Hamilton called the administration of Team Unity “compassionate” with the recent announcement of another double salary for all Government and STEP working across the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis. Minister Hamilton praised Budget 2020 and reiterated his support for the Minister of Finance, the Honorable Timothy Harris, for a great budget.

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