My child is being treated for mental health problems. Who will cover the costs?

Your local authority covers the cost of paediatric mental health care and supported accommodation for young people. This is laid down in the Youth Act. The cover applies to treatment on an outpatient basis as well as admission to a mental health institution. You can opt for care in kind or apply for a personal budget via the local authority.

Personal budget and supported accommodation for young people

You can opt for care in kind for your child's mental health problems. This means your local authority pays the care provider directly. Or, if you prefer, you can apply for a personal budget via the local authority. In that case, the Social Insurance Bank (SVB) will pay the care provider you've selected.

Transitional arrangement for paediatric mental health care

A transitional arrangement is in place for children or adolescents who, on 31 December 2014, already had a current referral to paediatric mental health care, or a relevant care needs assessment under the Exceptional Medical Expenses Act (AWBZ). They will be entitled to the treatment described in the referral or AWBZ care needs assessment until the care needs assessment expires or 1 January 2016, whichever is the sooner. After this date you must reapply to your local authority for support.

Did your child have a current AWBZ care needs assessment for paediatric mental health care and a personal budget on 1 January 2015? In that case, you will receive a personal budget under the Chronic Care Act (WLZ). When the transitional arrangement expires, you can apply to your local authority for a new personal budget for your child.

You can read all about the transitional arrangements and the changes in care funding on the website www.hoeverandertmijnzorg.nl (in Dutch only).

Transitional arrangement for young people in supported accommodation

A transitional arrangement applies if your child was already living in supported accommodation before 1 January 2015 on the basis of a current care needs assessment under the Exceptional Medical Expenses Act (AWBZ). In this case, your child will remain eligible for the care prescribed in the AWBZ care needs assessment. You can pay for this care using the personal budget provided by your local authority. The transitional arrangement applies until the care needs assessment expires or 1 January 2016, whichever is the sooner.

When the transitional arrangement expires, you must reapply to your local authority for supported accommodation.