Stakeholders in the fields of health care and justice who joined the Multi-Disciplinary Consultations MDO posing for a photo on the steps outside Government Guesthouse on Friday.
EUSTATIUS–Various stakeholders in St. Eustatius, working in the fields of care and justice, jointly signed for an integrated approach regarding prevention on Friday.
There had been a structured way of working together in the past, and in 2016 stakeholders united within the so-called Multi-Disciplinary Consultation MDO, a partnership between stakeholders to help each other in cases with complex problems in which an integrated approach is necessary.
Over the past six months, a lot of work has been done by the Directorate of Society and Welfare of the Public Entity St. Eustatius to restructure the MDO, together with various organizations.
The MDO has as common goal to assist the people of Statia in a better way. Clear agreements are required about cooperation, commitments and legal responsibilities.
The character of the network requires agreements about a shared vision, direction, shared experienced added value of cooperation and trust between participants. These were written down in a cooperation and privacy covenant, which was signed on Friday.
The aim of the MDO is to work with one family, one plan and one coordinator. Too often it happens that different organizations work with the same client and do not know what the other organizations do. This may unintentionally lead to opposing each other, which is not in the best interest of clients.
Permanent members of the MDO are the Directorate Society and Welfare, including the policy coordinator for Domestic Violence and Children’s Rights, general health service GGD/Youth Health Care, life coaches and social worker, and case managers of the almost established Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Reporting Center and Labour Affairs.
Other stakeholders are Youth and Family Care Caribbean Netherlands, Expertise Center for Education Care (ECE), Police Force Caribbean Netherlands, including Victim Support, Mental Health Caribbean (MHC), Prosecutor’s Office, School Social Work at Gwendoline van Putten School, Department of Social Affairs at Government Department Caribbean Netherlands RCN, Parole Board Caribbean Netherlands, Court of Guardianship, Auxiliary Home and homecare/district doctor and St. Eustatius Health Care Foundation.
There are more professionals in Statia who can share important information with the MDO, such as the compulsory-education officer or elementary school and after-school teachers, pastors and caretakers at the Auxiliary Home. Depending on the case, it will be examined who, besides the regular participants, has an important value for the client and his or her case in order to achieve a person-oriented approach.
Each stakeholder is to inform the client in advance of the intention to discuss the case in the MDO and will ask for the client’s permission. Only in those situations where it concerns threatening situations for the client or others can this be deviated from. The ultimate aim is to invite the client to the MDO, possibly in the presence of a confidential advisor.
The MDO participants not only signed a cooperation and privacy covenant, but also a confidentiality agreement. The MDO is an initiative of the Public Entity, in collaboration with the stakeholders and with support from the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport VWS; the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment SZW; the Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations BZK, and the Ministry of Security and Justice J&V. The MDO is chaired by public health physician Dr. Gerwin Schobbe.