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Confused people

According to the "Boosting Team Confused People" the care for people manifesting confused behaviour has not been comprehensively arranged for anywhere in the Netherlands so far. That is why the team will be succeeded by the so-called "Transition Team Confused People". The team is granted time until 1 October 2018 to ensure that all municipalities and regions have a good working system in place for providing assistance for confused people. As from 2017 an extra annual budget of €30 million is available for the assistance for confused people.

The Transition Team Confused People will deal with bottlenecks in the provision of care, such as transportation, and it will make a hotline available where anyone can express their worries about people manifesting confused behaviour, and initial assistance for confused people.

Waiting lists

People should not be on a waiting list too long before they receive mental health care. Health care providers and insurers have made an arrangement about the acceptable maximum waiting times for health care. This arrangement has been laid down in standards. The Dutch Association of Mental Health and Addiction Care (GGZ Nederland) has examined these standards and concludes that they are still adequate for mental health care.

Closer to home

The general basic mental health care was introduced in 2014. This means a shift from more expensive specialist care to more general care closer to home. General basic mental health care treats patients suffering from a minor to a moderate, non-complex disturbance for which GP care only is insufficient. The specialist mental health care is for patients who run a high risk and/or have a complex disturbance. A report published in June 2016 revealed that more patients end up at GP-care and general basic mental health care, whereas the specialist mental health care currently treats less patients.