The European Expert Group on the transition from institutional to community-based care (EEG) is a wide coalition gathering stakeholders representing people with care or support needs (children, people with disabilities, homeless people, people experiencing mental health problems and their families) as well as service providers, public authorities and intergovernmental organisations.
COFACE is a founding member of this Expert group which co-authored the reference documents for deinstitutionalisation in Europe, the Common European Guidelines on the Transition from Institutional to Community-Based Care (2012) the Toolkit on the Use of European Union Funds for the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (2014) and actively advocates to prevent the use of EU funds for institutional care, and to steer the transition to high-quality, person-centred community and family-based care and support.
The group recently adopted a Checklist aiming to ensure EU funds in the 2021-2027 programming period contribute to independent living and inclusion in the community. It covers relevant EU funds of 2021-2027 programming period, in particular the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+), the European Agricultural and Rural Development Fund (EARDF) and the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF).
The Checklist is focused on the programming documents (partnership agreements and operational programmes and enabling conditions) and supports desk officers to control the consistency of the measures with the legal and policy frameworks in the fields of:
- Transition from institutional to family-based and community-based services for children, persons with disabilities, persons with mental health problems and elderly persons;
- Development of quality family-based and community-based services;
- Prevention of separation of children, including with disabilities, from their families;
- Prevention of segregation and institutionalisation of children, persons with disabilities;
- Persons with mental health problems, older people and homeless people, regardless of the residence status.