Basic Needs India (BNI) started Community Mental Health and Development (CMHD) program in AP in 2000 in partnership with the organization SACRED, which is presently implemented in parts of two districts (Anatapur and Kurnool). During this implementation phase the focus was on the following: - identification of Persons Living with Mental Illness (PLWMI), livelihoods support and linkages, mobilizing community support, inclusion of PLWMI and family members in the community groups, building community support groups and activating the systems related to treatment through advocacy.

The present phase of the program is aiming at sustaining the changes and creating an environment where people living with mental illness can lead life with dignity and their rights are respected and  gets support from communities for their care and rehabilitation. CMHD has been integrated into the organizations’ policy and programs . The state level alliance (informal) of people living with mental illness and their supporters along with BNI continues to advocate with the authorities for meeting the needs of people living with mental illness.

The programme is being implemented by one partner in 6 blocks in 2 districts, Ananthpur and Kurnool.

Facts and Figures

(PLWMI - persons with mental illness)

No of PLWMIs identified
No of PLWMIs currently under treatment
No of PLWMIs stabilised
No of PLWMIs involved in income generation activities

Over the last 9 years of initiative, there are many quantitative and qualitative changes that have happened to the life circumstances of PLWMI

  • Improvements in the quality of life of 542 PLWMI and their carers in the program.
  • Government treatment facilities made available through continuously advocating with the authorities.
  • The overall male female ratios of identified persons are 56.64 : 43.36.
  • Over all 83.94% of persons  are under regular treatment and 30.32% of all under treatment are stable and they are mainstreamed in to the community activities
  • Rise in the  identification of common mental disorder
  • In all program locations (partner areas) the associations of PLWMI and carers are meeting regularly and started taking actions on their needs identified.
  • Volunteers of these associations are taking varying levels of responsibilities for identification, referral and family support of PLWMIs (even though in some locations the associations are in infancy)
  • Caregivers associations, disability federations, partner organizations are influencing local panchayats to include people living with mental illness in all the poverty alleviation schemes
  • GIVAM (the federation of people with disabilities organized by SACRED) has initiated the process of district federation in collaboration with another 3 existing disability federations in the district.



Andhra Pradesh