Reflections on a Service User Perspective in Supporting Persons with Dual Diagnosis: the Case of Villa Voortman

  • Stijn Vandevelde
  • Freya Vander Laenen
  • Clara De RuysscherEmail author
  • Dirk Bryssinck
  • Jessica De Maeyer
  • Dirk Meesen
  • Eric Broekaert


Inclusive citizenship is an important concept in today’s mental health care. Still, persons with co-occurring substance use problems and psychiatric problems seem to fall through the cracks of existing (community) treatment services. At the same time, they are the persons least asked for their opinions as service users. This commentary sheds light on Villa Voortman, an innovative community-based outpatient treatment service for persons with dual diagnosis in Ghent (Belgium) that gives a central position to user perspectives in its daily practice.


Dual diagnosis Service user perspective Community treatment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Special Needs EducationGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social LawGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  3. 3.Psychiatric Centre Sleidinge, Villa VoortmanGhentBelgium
  4. 4.Faculty of Education, Health and Social WorkUniversity College GhentGhentBelgium

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