Date: Otober 4, 2013

In September Children with disabilities living in the districts of Anenii Noi, Dubasari, Falesti, Singerei and Ungheni started receiving assistance and personalized services through Mobile Team social services. With the support of Mobile Teams, these children will be able to stay with their families and live in the community rather than move to an institution.

During September Mobile Team experts in all the five districts have had planning sessions focused on planning assistance to be provided to beneficiaries. So far, Individual Assistance Plans (IAP) have been developed for about 74 children, and another 35 IAPs are still being developed.

IAP development required joint efforts of the Mobile Team staff (social assistant, psychologist, health assistant/kinesiotherapist), social workers, family physicians, teachers and other community stakeholders, with active participation of the beneficiaries (as the case may be) and their families.

Each plan mainly states objectives for the service period, factors determining beneficiaries' vulnerability that need to be eliminated, actions to be taken and the respective deadlines, services available and guaranteed to any beneficiary during the service period, and persons involved in the implementation of each plan. The plan also includes disability recovery and (re)socialization programs for the children and training programs for people involved in the social inclusion of beneficiaries, required to achieve maximum self-dependence in persons with disabilities.

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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