Types of beds and places for residential and partial hospitalisation

Number of beds and places for residential and partial hospitalisation
of children and young people in PH and PDGH per region (01/01/2020)

Compared to the other regions, the beds for child psychiatry in the Walloon Region are primarily located in the PH. In the Flemish Region, there are clearly more places for day admissions in a PDGH than in a PH. As is the case for adults, there are generally fewer places for night hospitalisation compared to places for day hospitalisation.

Number of beds and places for children and young people per 100,000 inhabitants 

 
 
 

EVOLUTION OF THE NUMBER OF BEDS AND PLACES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

To date, the number of beds for residential hospitalisation has increased, even though there are already more beds recognised per 1,000 inhabitants than described in the programming figures. The number of beds and places for day and night hospitalisation (code letters k1 and k2) is also increasing but, unlike residential beds (code letter K), there is still programming room for this in the Walloon and Flemish Regions.

Evolution of the total number of beds and places for children and young people in PH and PDGH (K, k1 and k2)

This trend may indicate an increased need for care for children and young people with mental health problems. An adaptation of the programming criteria would therefore not appear to be unjustified. Care for young people in particular merits special attention. Under the current regulations, young people from the age of 15 can be admitted to adult psychiatry. Yet this target group is so specific that a solution within juvenile psychiatry should be prioritised. Experts refer to a transition age that can last up to the age of 23. However, for the programming, only the number of children up to the age of 14 is taken into account.