Health insurer Menzis will now pay for depression treatments based on result, instead of on the number of treatments. The insurer signed a contract on this new approach with 18 mental health institutions. This involves treatments that last for less than a year, for patients who do not have chronic depression, NOS reports.
The family of 31-year-old Malek F., who stabbed and seriously injured three people in The Hague earlier this month, plans to sue mental health institution Parnassia. The family holds the institution responsible for "causing serious bodily harm", the family's lawyer confirmed, NU.nl reports.
Limburg mental health institution Mondriaan will stop treatment for a number of children in the coming weeks, director Juliette van Eerd said to NRC. Due to municipal budget cuts, the institution has to provide the same care with fewer and fewer people, and the situation is unsustainable, Van Eerd said.
The lower house of Dutch parliament is against a measure proposed by Health Minister Edith Schippers (VVD) to force disturbed persons to be admitted for observation if needed, government party PvdA confirmed to NU.nl.
"Vulnerable people with mental illness can better be helped by giving them the proper care sooner, so that the violent measure of forced admission can be prevented", PvdA parliamentarian Lea Bouwmeester said to the newspaper. "That should really be first to order, before state coercion is used."
Human remains were discovered during demolition works at mental health institution Vrederust in Halsteren. It is as yet unclear whether the person was murdered or died of natural causes, a police spokesperson said to Dutch newspaper AD.
The bodies of two babies were discovered in a home in Heerhugowaard last month. The woman believed to be the babies' mother committed suicide in a mental health institute where she was staying just days before the gruesome find
The police arrested an armed fugitive in Nijmegen on Sunday. The man had escaped from a locked mental health institution in Vught last week.
Three robbers forced their way into a mental health institution on Mendelsshonstraat, Tilburg on Tuesday morning, threatened two employees with a taser and took off with a small amount of money.
The psychiatric patients in GGZ Noord-Holland Noord that participated in a drug trial were all mentally competent and were tested for mental competency before the drug trial started.
Psychiatric patients in a mental health institution in Heiloo were used in a drug test against the rules. This is according to the research program Zembla, based on documents and interviews with anonymous staff.