Starting in January, a government crackdown on street people, especially those with mental illnesses, will commence across the country. The unfortunate people are to be cared for in various rehabilitation centres supervised by the Department of Social Development and Welfare.
The policy, initiated by the Social Development and Human Security Ministry, will focus on beggars and homeless people and is aimed at helping them out with basic welfare conditions. Career training will be available for those still capable of learning and making a living, said DSDW deputy director-general Lertpanya Booranabundit.
He said the persistent problem with homeless people and beggars was that they demand to go out or escape after brief stays, as they perceive the care homes as detention centres. Authorities have had no choice but to comply with their demands. Some people with obvious mental illnesses were compliant to stay on in psychiatric hospitals or centres.
“The Mitr Maitree Homes are intended to be a secondary home to all residents, which provides them with food, shelter and career training, to enable them to make a living once their stay is over,” Lertpanya added.