Czech drug rehabilitation centre for women
Women with substance abuse problems in South Bohemia can now receive help at a female treatment centre financed by the EEA Grants.
The Červený Dvůr Psychiatric Hospital specialises in treating patients with drug and alcohol addictions, as well as pathological gambling. With a capacity of over 100 patients, the hospital has helped men and women from all over the Czech Republic to cease substance abuse.
The hospital staff has however long been concerned for the female patients' safety in the mixed treatment setting. In addition, women's substance use and treatment differ from those of men, and the hospital saw a need to establish all-female treatment groups responsive to women's distinctive needs. Thanks to support from the EEA and Norway Grants, the renovated building welcomed its first patients in the summer of 2008, providing accommodation for 30 female patients.
According to hospital director Jirí Dvorácek, the new facility offers a dignified space for treatment for the female patients. "Without the support, the building would have had to be demolished. Instead, we now have a drug rehabilitation centre for women, which we are very proud of, and grateful for," Dvorácek said. While individual recovery and rehabilitation periods vary, the majority of the women are discharged after three to six months.
Drub abuse has traditionally been a male problem in the Czech Republic, but the proportion of female drug abusers has increased rapidly in the last decades. Concurrently, a growing need for specialised treatment facilities has emerged. There are however few rehabilitation centres for women, and where they exist, waiting lists are long and the accommodation often not ideal for female patients.
The Červený Dvůr Psychiatric Hospital is located on the outskirts of the picturesque town of Český Krumlov, in the very south of Bohemia, the Červený Dvůr Psychiatric Hospital is situated on the grounds of a historic castle complex. The medical facility opened already in 1966.
Renovation of the Cerveny Dvur Premises for Clients and General Public - Phase I
Health and childcare
Type & project assistance:
Psychiatric Hospital Cerveny Dvur
Type of institution:
Grant agreement date:
31 January 2007
The purpose of the Project is the development of a female drug addicts’ centre with the overall objective of improving the healthcare services offering for the rehabilitation and recovery of female drug addicts. The Project will give women their own specially tailored ward within the renovated House B of the Cervený Dvur Psychiatric Hospital, located within the Cervený Dvur castle complex, and will create additional bed spaces specifically for the use of its female clients. Reference is made to the application, dated 18 July 2005, and email correspondence with the Focal Point dated 14 April 2006 and 27 September 2006.
The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:
The works relate to the partial renovation and reconstruction of House B of the Cervený Dvur Psychiatric Hospital. This includes works to the cellar, ground floor and first floor, specifically relating to the installation of infrastructure for electricity, water, and sewerage, and the repair/reconstruction of floors, windows, ceilings, windows, doors, etc. Ten new bed spaces will be created as well as rooms for holding therapeutic programmes, all for the use of its female clients.
The Project Promoter is the Psychiatric Hospital Cervený Dvur.
The Project Promoter shall provide at least 26.91 percent of the estimated eligible project cost.