Press release

Published: February 2 2022 Last change: February 3 2022

The municipalities of The Hague, Delft, Midden-Delfland, Rijswijk and Westland and the UWV will work together to increase the labor participation of people with mental health problems. increase vulnerability. This involves collaboration with regional mental healthcare institutions. This is stated in the Haaglanden regional covenant ‘Strong through work’ 2021-2022. The aim of the covenant is to start reintegration programs with annually before January 1 2022 at least 100 % sustainable placements.

We see the opportunities that this impulse offers for regional cooperation in the field of psychological frailty. We give people with a psychological vulnerability a future perspective so that they can ultimately participate to the best of their ability. At the same time, I realize that a large group still has a long, intensive way to participate in order to be able to participate to the best of its ability, says Alderman Arjen Kapteijns (Social Affairs and Employment). People with a psychological vulnerability often have problems in different areas of life, such as work, living, social relationships and finances. Good cooperation between supporting parties from care and work & income on the one hand and employers on the other is therefore of great importance in order to prevent dropout, to reintegrate successfully or to keep a job. The agreement seals the collaboration.

As far as we are concerned, having and finding a job should be discussed in every mental health care intake,” says director Marc Blom (Parnassia Group). With the covenant Sterk door Werk 2021-2022 every year the partners give candidates with a psychological vulnerability a place in society and let them join in. If possible, they are immediately placed in employment. Otherwise, they go through a regular reintegration process or an Individual Placement and Support (IPS) process.The IPS process has been used for some time and is a methodical reintegration instrument in which the candidate, under integral guidance from the GGZ, directly meets with the employer. Patricia Ladan, district manager UWV Haaglanden:

2022 It is necessary that we, together with partners and employers, learn to see how everyone can participate, including psychologically vulnerable people, and that together we bring talents to fruition!This group is indispensable in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and especially in this tight labor market.Future perspective Larissa Bentvelzen (alderman Rijswijk):

Guidance to work and job retention for people with a psychological vulnerability is essential. Work contributes to better mental health and to social functioning in a broad social sense: in family, at school, at work. That is why I am happy that we can now tackle this even better and bigger. Work can ensure recovery from mental illness. Through this collaboration, people with a psychological vulnerability in the Haaglanden labor market region are supported in finding or keeping paid work, for example by providing good information and support to employers.


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