7 September 2022 from 14:00 to 16:30 in Brussels.
The event is organised in collaboration with the European Commission.
Deinstitutionalisation is very important to end segregation of people with intellectual disabilities in Europe.
As Czechia holds the presidency of the Council of the EU, we want to look at how deinstitutionalisation is being done in the country.
The event presents how deinstitutionalisation is being done at national, regional, and local levels in the country.
- Zdislava Odstrčilová, deputy minister, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
- Radek Rosenberger, head of social services, Centrum sociálních služeb Stod
- Lukáš Kudlička, self-advocate, Sebeobhájci Uherské Hradiště
- Milena Johnová, councillor for health and social affairs, City of Prague
Representatives of the European Commission will present how the EU supports deinstitutionalisation:
- planned Guidance to Member States: Independent living and inclusion in the community Guidelines for independent
- European Social Fund support for deinstitutionalisation
- European Regional and Development Funds support for inclusion and community based services
Jan Pfeiffer on EU funding in practice: What has been done, and remains to be done in Czech mental heath care reform.
- Jan Pfeiffer has been a long-standing deinstitutionalisation advocate;
- currently, Jan works at ministry of health leading the mental health care reforms
László Bercse with reflections on deinstitutionalisation in Czechia.
- László Bercse is vice-president of Inclusion Europe, and chair of the European Platform of Self-Advocates
Location and time
- Brussels, Rue de la loi 75, Thon Hotel EU
- the event is also available to attend online
Date and time:
- 7 September 2022
- from 14:00 to 16:30
There will be interpretation between Czech and English.
With any questions, contact Inge Volleberg: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is part of conference Europe in Action to End Segregation.
Background reading on deinstitutionalisation in Czechia:
- Institutionalisation of children is rights violation, says European Committee of Social Rights to Czechia
- Survivor testimony: “It didn’t take long before I knew that I wanted to leave the institution”
- Report: Persons with intellectual disabilities and with complex support needs most likely to live in institutions
- Milan Šveřepa interviews: “EU funding in Czechia should be used differently”or “Reforms to the Czech social care system are stalling. This harms people living in institutions”
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