Government Approves Mobile Team Service

On Friday, September 30, the Regulations and Quality Standards of the Mobile Team Service entered into force. These Regulations and Quality Standards had been approved by the Government of the Republic of Moldova on September 22.

The normative acts of regulation for the Mobile Team Service were developed by the Ministry of Labor, Social Protection and Family with technical support from the Community for All-Moldova Program, implemented by Keystone Human Services International Moldova Association (Keystone Moldova). Financial support was provided by the Open Society Mental Health Initiative and the Soros Foundation-Moldova.

The Mobile Team Service is an alternative to other existing, more costly services, such as day and residential centers. Since 2010, Mobile Team Service has been established in seven rayons and two municipalities, including Chisinau, Balti, Ialoveni, Hincesti Orhei, Soroca, Edinet Telenesti and Leova, through the Community for All-Moldova Program supported by Keystone Moldova. The service was implemented in these rayons through partnership agreements between Keystone Moldova and the councils of the rayons.

The development of the Mobile Team Service will help accomplish the commitments assumed by the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to create a legal environment, practical support and social inclusion of people with disabilities, as well as equal opportunities for all members of the community.

The Mobile Team includes several social service professionals who provide free assistance and psychological counseling, speech therapy, rehabilitation services, physical therapy, medical advice and other services within each person’s home in order to prevent institutionalization and facilitate social inclusion. Services are provided based on the unique needs of the individual.

To receive services from the Mobile Team, individuals may contact the community social worker, Department of Social and Family Protection in the rayon, or the Mobile Team itself. The Mobile Team specialists visit the family and evaluate the needs of the individual, and based on those needs, the specialists work with local authority representatives and the person’s closest relatives to develop a customized assistance plan.

In addition to the Regulations and Quality Standards of the Mobile Team Service, the Ministry of Labor, Social Protection and Family, supported by Keystone Moldova through the Community for All-Moldova Program, has developed and received approval for the Strategy of Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities and the Framework Regulation and Quality Standards of Community Homes and Supported Living services. These laws regulate the activity of the Community Homes in three rayons and Supported Living in two rayons.

Currently, 291 people receive support through the Community for All-Moldova Program. Forty-nine children and young men have left the institution at Orhei, 34 have received differentiated assistance to prevent their placement in the institution at Orhei, 125 people have benefited from the Mobile Teams and 40 people have benefited from the services offered by resource centers in inclusive education.

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