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How to bring support and health care services to the people in the community? EEG seminar in Poland

On 6-7th October 2016, COFACE Families Europe represented the European Expert Group on Deinstitutionalisation (EEG) at a seminar co-organised by the Polish Ministry of Health, the EEG, DG Employment and DG Regio of the European Commission.

The seminar was attended by 110 policy makers from regional and national level who came together to learn about how to implement deinstitutionalisation in their own work when using European Funds. During the two-day seminar there were constructive discussions about how to bring support and health care services to the people in the community rather than placing people in institutions, or in long-term hospital care.
The seminar was built on promising practices from Poland and other European countries on how to provide community-based services in the area of mental health, geriatrics, long-term care and palliative care, by using ESF and ERDF funding in combination. We sincerely hope that the seminar can contribute to some real positive changes in Poland and that participants of the event will use our materials to become DI ambassadors in their everyday work.

COFACE Families Europe is currently co-chairing the EEG with two other organisations until June 2017. The Expert Group on DI is a broad coalition gathering stakeholders representing people with care or support needs and their families, including children, people with disabilities, homeless people, people experiencing mental health problems; as well as service providers, public authorities and intergovernmental organisations. The Expert Group has an important role in supporting EU policy makers to develop laws and policies that advance de-institutionalisation in Europe and to make a link with national, regional and local experts through the extensive membership of the network.

For more information about COFACE’s work on DI, or about the EEG, please contact Magdi Birtha, Policy and Advocacy officer at

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