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Social service provision to change for people with functional disabilities

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUPeople with functional disabilities will have wider opportunities to live independent lives and receive necessary services and care in their municipality, as BNN was informed by Saeima’s Public Relations press-service.

New service provision to people with functional disabilities is mentioned in amendments to the Social Services and Social Assistance Law approved by the Saeima in the final reading on Thursday, 12 January.

«During the legal draft’s review, we refused the initial offer to limit opportunities for people with mental disorders to receive services in state social care centres and instead focus on full service provision at home. After discussing the matter with involved sides, we have come up with a different solution, one that respects individual rights to choose the place to receive services in a much greater degree,» – said Social and Employment Matters Committee chairperson Aija Barca.

It is planned that grants will be provided to municipalities in 2019 to finance provision of social services to people eligible for lasting social care at home. This will help individuals choose whether they wish to receive the necessary care in special centres or in their municipality, the press-service explains.

Before this can happen, however, municipalities will need to adapt their infrastructure accordingly. EU finances will be provided for this purpose.

Saeima reports that another possible solution is introducing care level for people who find it difficult to care for themselves because of functional disabilities. From 1 December 2017 onward there will be four care levels in Latvia for people with functional or mental disabilities. Depending on the type of disability, residents will have rights for appropriate social care services.

Development of new services and transition period establishment will be allowed to be provided with funding from EU funds until 2020. More than EUR 90 million will be available to Latvia to finance these needs. This includes infrastructure development and EU fund projects.

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