Deinstitutionalization in Croatia, a 17-year investment by the Open Society Public Health Program

Judith Klein. Photo Open Society Foundations.

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Deinstitutionalization in Croatia

A Summary of Open Society Support

July 2014   by Judith Klein

The Croatian government is undertaking a five-year plan to move people with intellectual and physical disabilities from confinement in two long-stay institutions, to supported housing within their communities.

This paper examines a 17-year investment by the Mental Health Initiative of the Open Society Public Health Program to make these reforms possible. It reviews the development of civil society engagement, past organizational failures, changes in international law and political pressure, the roots of government partnership, and future challenges and opportunities.

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