During the study visit to the Kingdom of the Netherlands within the framework of the Twinning project “Ensuring optimal health care for people with mental health disorders,” implemented by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Republic of Croatia, a 10-member Croatian delegation led by the State Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Tomislav Dulibić, Member of the Parliament, psychiatrist Ivan Ćelić, and the Director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, visited the Trimbos Institute and other leading Dutch institutions in the field of mental health.
The aim of the project is to get acquainted with the experience of the Netherlands in establishing a model of community care for people with mental health disorders. In Croatia, as in many other countries, health care in this area is focused on hospital treatment. Reducing the length of patients’ hospital stay is a tendency in all areas of health care, including that of mental diseases and disorders. Hospital form of treatment is being replaced by the community care with the aim of earliest possible inclusion in everyday life. The Netherlands has achieved certain progress in this field and thus gained a valuable experience, which is now being disseminated to our delegation.