GzE and BPI continue together in CrossCare project ZAPP
With the self-evaluation app, GGzE and BPI jointly bring a new instrument to the market for application within regular mental health care, forensic mental health care, detention in the professional field, and addiction care. The instrument enables clients to map their own protective and risk factors, to visualize the result in a simple picture that immediately provides an overview of their own situation. To provide insight into the treatment and psycho-education offerings per risk area. This instrument was originally developed with financial support from the Forensic Care Quality Fund (KFZ) and in collaboration with the Forensic Psychiatric Center the Pump Foundation for forensic psychiatry. To provide clients with their own appraisal instrument that enables them to work with their treating physician on their treatment and rehabilitation plan. The self-score app is a basic tool for the client to work in a targeted manner in consultation with the care provider (s) or important other persons, to set goals and to measure things from a positive basis.
This instrument has been developed in co-creation with a group of clients and first qualitative results have shown that the instrument contributes to increasing self-insight, treatment motivation and self-management. In addition to the app for clients, BPI is currently also developing a practitioners version that communicates with the Electronic Patient Record (EPD). This saves time compared to the current way of working and above all focuses on facilitating the dialogue with clients about agreements and differences in scores. With this we lay the foundation for more effective treatment. Whereas the app for the forensic field of work mainly relies on the risk assessment instrument, in regular care this will mainly focus on areas of life or the circle of well-being, so that it will eventually also be suitable for self-help.
Within the framework of this CrossCare project, we will make this instrument suitable for wider application within regular mental health care, detention, and addiction care in the Netherlands and Belgium. In addition, we will accelerate the implementation of the self-evaluation app within forensic psychiatry in the Netherlands and Belgium by developing an implementation service with supportive back office that should make it easier for institutions to make the instrument part of their care process. For both purposes we work together with the testing grounds from the CrossCare project: Lifelabs in the Netherlands and LiCaLab in Belgium. These testing grounds support in finding institutions in the regular mental health care, addiction care, detention field, and forensic care with which co-creation sessions with clients and practitioners are organized that must provide insight into the wishes and needs of the different target groups for this instrument. Subsequently, we will further develop the self-evaluation app “tailor-made” for each target group and, in the first instance, through an alpha test and in a later phase, a closed beta test within the same institutions and with further support from the testing grounds and further validation. The method of working together is agile, whereby we will always go through the same phases together with the testing grounds towards optimization. The existing app will form the basis for the newer versions. During the entire project, the development will play an important role, but also the actual implementation of the app in the workplace.
The ultimate goal of the project is that the self-evaluation app is used as a central tool in the treatment and/or recovery of clients in forensic and regular care in order to give clients more control over their own recovery process. This puts people in their power and promotes positive cooperation between all parties involved. People show themselves to take control and thereby break through the image that they are unable to take control of certain matters themselves. By appealing to the healthy properties of clients you make the dominance of illness balanced in the background disappear. At the same time, this breaks through the negative image, stigma and self-stigma lets as well the people as the environment experience that people are much more than a psychiatric disorder. The result consists of derived versions of the self-score app that have been validated with the different target groups and that we will bring to the market together with expert partner GGzE in a follow-up phase. The most suitable business model and market approach plan for both the Dutch and the Belgian market is also further investigated within the framework of this project and validated on bases of co-creation sessions with stakeholders within the two testing grounds.