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PHR Case Leads to Policy Change on Disability Care and Rehabilitation

22 January 2021 PHR Case Leads to Policy Change on Disability Care and Rehabilitation

PHR, under the USAID/PROLoG-funded Strengthening Child Access to Justice in Georgia project, was representing a child with severe disabilities, who had been placed in a psychiatric hospital for more than three months. The child was hospitalized due to a lack of adequate services at home.

On September 28, 2020, Tbilisi City Court ordered appointment of four qualified therapists for the family for 12 hours per day, including weekends and holidays, as an interim measure, until adequate community-based rehabilitation services are available. The assistants were chosen considering the child’s wishes. Also, per PHR’s request, due to transportation-related challenges during the pandemic, the agency also provided a vehicle for the assistants.  

This case has been a broader success as well, leading to a systemic policy change. On December 31, the Government approved the 2021 State Program of Social Rehabilitation with important changes: children with disabilities, including children with severe and profound disabilities, will be provided with personal assistants in day care centers. As for the home care sub-program, similar to the current case, the needs for individual care service for disabled children will be identified by a multidisciplinary team and children will be able to receive personal assistant services.

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