Improving access to quality social and healthcare services

Common European guidelines and a toolkit on the use of EU funds for the transition from institutional to community-based care will be launched on 20 November in Brussels.

The guidelines and toolkit highlight the contribution of EU and national policies and funds to improving access to quality social and healthcare services based in the community. Alongside presentations by the European Commission, FRA will present the results of its work showing how deinstitutionalisation can help increase the choice and control people with disabilities exercise over their lives. FRA will also take part in the open meeting of the European Expert Group on transition from institutional to community-based care to discuss how structural funds can support national-level deinstitutionalisation reforms. The expert group is a coalition of European stakeholder organisations working on social inclusion, non-discrimination and fundamental rights, together with the European Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNICEF.