Bas Eenhoorn appointed chair of Task Force on Safety and Quality in Forensic Care
At the invitation of Minister for Legal Protection Dekker and representatives from the Dutch Mental Healthcare Association (GGZ NL), the Dutch Association for Care and Support for People with a Handicap (VGN), the Federation for Shelter, Reception and Accommodation (Federatie Opvang, FO) and the Alliance of Regional Sheltered Housing Institutions (RIBW), Bas Eenhoorn has accepted the role of chair of the new Task Force on Safety and Quality in Forensic Care. The Task Force on Safety and Quality in Forensic Care was announced in a letter to the House of Representatives on 13 July 2018.
As independent chair, Eenhoorn will be responsible for implementing the provisions in the long-term agreement on forensic care 2018-2021. These provisions are primarily aimed at improving the labour market, decreasing the administrative burden and enhancing safety and quality of care in the forensic care sector. A total of €28.5 million in extra funds has been made available. These measures are intended to bring the quality and safety to adequate levels.
Bas Eenhoorn is currently acting mayor of the municipality of Amstelveen and has previously served as mayor of Voorburg, Vlaardingen and Alphen aan den Rijn, among other municipalities. Eenhoorn was National Commissioner for the Digital Government from 2014 to 2018. In 2014, he held a leadership role in connection with forensic care when he chaired the Task Force on the Reduction of TBS Treatment Periods. Under his guidance and supervision, the average treatment period following a hospital order was reduced from over ten years to less than eight.