Date: August 4, 2013

About 100 children with marked and severe disabilities in the districts of Anenii Noi, Dubasari, Falesti, Singerei and Ungheni were selected as beneficiaries of the Mobile Team social service. Decisions on the admission of beneficiaries were made at multidisciplinary team meetings held in August in all five districts.

Multidisciplinary teams include experts in different fields (social assistance, healthcare, education etc.), who decide on admitting applicants to the Service. The experts study applicants' cases based on a number of criteria: severity of disability (as stated in the certificate issued by the respective authority); high risk of abandonment and/or institutionalization; written consent to accepting services provided by the Mobile Team, given by the applicant or their legal representative. Based on such eligibility criteria multidisciplinary teams may admit a beneficiary to the Service, decline an application or advise on applying for other services.

The meetings held in each of the five districts were attended by deputy chairpersons of District Social Issue Councils, managers of territorial social assistance units, experts in children's rights, problem child family issues and disability issues, community social assistants, medical staff, Mobile Team experts and other participants.

The Mobile Team social service provides free home-based assistance to persons with disabilities and their families, supporting their social inclusion, helping them access quality recovery and rehabilitation services, ensuring early identification of children with disabilities and preventing their placement in residential care.

Mobile Teams were created in the five districts by second level local public authorities with the support of Keystone Moldova as part of the EU-funded project "Public-private Partnership for the Sustainable Development of Locally Governed Disability Services: Supporting Decentralization Reform". So far, Keystone Moldova has supported the creation of Mobile Team services in 16 districts of Moldova, which have provided services to over 600 persons with disabilities and members of their families.

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