Cooperation, laws and regulations - People with mental health problems
Cooperation, laws and regulations
Government policy focuses on more people living at home despite their sometimes serious (mental) health problems. Sometimes with outpatient counseling and short-term admissions.
As a result, general practices, public pharmacies and dental practices have more and more patients with serious mental health problems.
When a GGZ practice assistant works in a general practice, there are working agreements about the division of tasks between the general practitioners and the practice assistant. But coordination with tasks is also needed with other mental healthcare providers and pharmacies. For example about the question of who monitors whether the patient should go to the doctor with complaints. Can the patient do that himself? Or does the GGZ practitioner or ambulatory supervisor keep an eye on this? And what role does the social neighborhood team, the district nurse or the GGD play in this? Note the appointments and contact details.
Agreements must also be made about chronic medication use. About prescribing and monitoring the use, but also about consultations when changing medication. Inform each other and agree on who ensures that the patient is given a good explanation when changing medication. This way you can prevent the patient from worrying unnecessarily or getting confused by the change.
The Special Admissions to Psychiatric Hospitals Act (Bopz) regulates compulsory admission when the mental disorder presents a danger to the patient or his environment. This law will be replaced by two new laws:
- Mandatory GGZ Act (for people with psychological problems and / or addiction)
- Care and coercion Act (for people with a mental disability and people with memory problems / dementia sufferers) https://www.dwangindezorg.nl/ procedures
Cooperation with general practitioner, physician addiction care, pharmacist
Collaboration between the general practitioner, addiction care doctor and pharmacist is necessary to implement a good medication policy. Agreements must also be made about the treatment of somatic complaints.