Looking at DI practices in the EU: spotlight on Czechia, Malta and Spain. 12 October 2023, from 14:00 to 16:00 CET, on Zoom. Illustration of person looking into a mignifying glass. ENIL logo and co-funded by the European Union

This study session, organised by the European Expert Group on the transition from institutional to community-based care, will take place in the afternoon of 12 October 2023 (14:00 – 16:00 CET). It aims to bring together professionals, people who are institutionalised, their families and representative organisations to discuss the shift toward meaningful inclusion in the community.

A diverse group of people in the European Union are still institutionalised, and deinstitutionalisation processes are at different stages. The study session is an opportunity to help improve understanding of the deinstitutionalisation (DI) process in the EU where participants will discuss the initiatives in place in their country to advance the DI process for several concerned communities. We have invited expert speakers from both civil society and governments from Czechia, Malta and Spain to present and discuss with the audience the different deinstitutionalisation processes in their countries.

More specifically, the study session will focus on large-scale mental health reforms in Czechia, deinstitutionalisation of people with disabilities in Malta, and a pilot project on deinstitutionalisation of people who are homeless in Spain. 

The full programme can be downloaded from here.

The aim of this study session is to trigger an open discussion on how to best ensure that reforms and support measures reach groups in vulnerable situations such as persons with disabilities, persons who are homeless and that they promote inclusive living in compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

Register for the study session here