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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 51 (2009) 9, 687 - 692

Short report

Time-limits on collaboration between the emergency mental health services and the police: a practice-based evaluation in the City of Utrecht, the Netherlands

E.M. Bisseling, A.W. Braam

summary
National and regional agreements have been reached with regard to time-limits on collaboration between the emergency mental health services and the police. On the basis of 69 emergency cases attended by both the crisis-team and the police in Utrecht, we investigated whether the time-limits had been observed in that city. Of the cases 85% were dealt with adequately within 6 hours (in accordance with the national guideline and 20% within 2 hours (regional norm). The average time needed to reach an emergency case was 1 hour 35 minutes, but was longer when the emergency resulted from substance abuse. The average time required for case-assessment was 1 hour 25 minutes and was longer in cases requiring compulsory detention and in cases involving manic behaviour.

 

keywords emergency psychiatry, police, time-frame