Independent data scientist Kees van den Tempel works together with municipalities to provide insight into the costs of youth care. In order to be able to analyze the available data, he enlisted the help of Centric. According to Van den Tempel, an important first step has been taken, but there is still a lot of progress to be made.
How big is the problem surrounding the costs of youth care for municipalities?
"It is a huge expense for municipalities. A total of 5.5 billion euros goes to youth care every year. But of that amount there is a deficit of no less than 1.6 billion. A large part of the municipalities in the Netherlands does not have a balanced budget, partly because of the costs of youth care. And these are so-called open-ended arrangements.
It works like this: as a young person you have a problem. Then you go to the doctor or the center for Youth and Family of the municipality, and there they decide that you need something. This can vary from a dyslexia test to severe crisis admissions. When a specialist says: 'You have to get treatment', the municipality has to pay for it. One way or the other, it has to be paid for."