Today, on 14 June, the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG) sent an Open Letter to the Czech Government in order to express concerns about the Calls for Proposals number 29 and 30 on the development of social services, under the Integrated Regional Operational Programme (IROP). The Calls, published on 29 April 2016, allow for the building of residential services for persons with disabilities.
In particular, EEG warned about the Homes with Special Regime (‘domovy se zvláštním režimem’, or ‘DZR’), which do not have a maximum number of residents nor other standards specified in the Technical Standards document attached to the Call. This allows for the building and reconstruction of residential services with institutional characteristics, which in no way resemble living in the community or provide the residents with opportunities for inclusion or participation in the society.
The European Structural and Investment Funds Regulations 2014 – 2020 do not allow for the renovation or building of institutional care settings for children and adults with disabilities, as has been the case in the programming period 2007 – 2013. Therefore, EEG asked the Czech Managing Authority to revise the Call and to implement a set of other recommendations to facilitate the process of deinstitutionalisation.
Read the Open Letter here.