Problems with care for confused persons

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In the Netherlands the responsibility for the care for confused people - read psychotic or otherwise deluded or in bad mental state - is being transferred from the police to local councils. The councils are desperately underprepared, and would like local mental health teams to get involved, but the local mental health teams are under funded and assessing psychiatrists are often directed not to admit potential patients.

The police are now saying this state of affairs is leading to problems, as sufficiently confused people are having to be arrested for disturbing the peace. Councils and mental health teams are refusing to comment, referring all questions up to government or legal counsel.

In short, it is a mess. They are trying to find ways to cut back on mental health funding and beds, but this stuff is making waves, there have been questions asked in parliament.

Aanpak verwarde personen is gewoon een grote puinhoop -
 
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It's disgusting the society we are creating where we don't want to take care of the mentally ill, the drug addicted and even Grandma and Grandpa are on the chopping block financially. I wonder what will become of people with no funding for help.

Here, the police take the "confused" person to the mental hospital. They have cut backs there also. All intelligent and artistic activities have been cancelled. It's just a warehouse for the suffering masses. Psychiatrists prescribe meds with no conversation about them with the patient.
 
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It seems that in the last five years there has been a rise of 65% in the number of cases that are reported to the police, there are now some 65,000 cases a year. This may have something to do with the fact that the system is creaking at the seams.

Part 1 of the Monitor piece on 'confused people':
De Monitor: Verwarde mensen kijk je op npo.nl
 
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They've now decided to reverse the measures and have the police stay as the responsible agency for the care of confused persons. Seems reasonable as the only other option would have been to form a parallel agency which was part of the Dutch mental health service.
 
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They are now trialling a so called 'psycholance', an ambulance-type arrangement with specialised personnel so that the police don't need to come and deal with psychotic or confused people. The hope is that specialised personnel will be able to deal with many situations on-site, and at least avoid having to take people in handcuffs to emergency care. They are patients, not criminals.