The Common European Guidelines on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care published in 2012 provided practical advice about how to make a sustained transition from institutional care to family-based and community-based alternatives for individuals currently living in institutions and those living in the community, often without adequate support. These guidelines are aimed primarily at Policy and decision makers in the European Union and the neighboring countries with responsibility for the provision of care and support services for children, people with disabilities and their families, people with mental health problems and older people.
The Common European Guidelines on the Transition from Institutional to Community-base Car are available in English and in a number of other languages at www.deinsitutionalisationguide.eu.
In 2009, the EEG drafted a report after being convened by Commissioner Spidla to address the issues of institutional care reform in their complexity.
“The work of the Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care moves one step beyond the analysis offered by the studies. It offers not only rationale for change but also advice on how to achieve it (and also what to avoid), distilled from the experience acquired in those Member States where such reforms have already been carried out. The Report provides an analysis of key challenges, followed by a set of Common Basic Principles and concrete recommendations to Member States and the European Commission. In particular, it recommends to build those principles into all the relevant EU policies, including the next EU Disability Strategy (from 2010 onwards), as far as it regards the promotion of the right of all persons with disabilities to live independently and be included in the community.”
The European Expert Group on the transition from institutional to community-based care is a broad coalition gathering stakeholders representing people with care or support needs including children, people with disabilities, people experiencing mental health problems, families, people experiencing homelessness ; as well as service providers, public authorities and intergovernmental organisations.
Supported by the European Commission in the framework of a Joint Action Project (EaSI Programme)