Over 125,000 Kazakhstanis received special social services in 2016
In 2016, 125.6 thousand people received social services, 119.3 thousand of them received services at 717 government agencies, more 6,3 thousand people were served by non-governmental organizations,” stated in the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Kazakhstan.
Special social services is a range of services to individuals and families in difficult situations, aimed at creating conditions for overcoming social problems and providing them with equal opportunities with other citizens to participate in society.
These services are guaranteed by the State and provided free of charge at the following grounds: orphanhood, homelessness, deviant behavior, disability, inability to look after themselves in old age, release from prison, homelessness, parole, abuse.
Special social services are provided taking into account individual features in 8 spheres of human activity: social and domestic, social, psychological, social, labor, socio-medical, socio-cultural, socio-pedagogical, socio-legal and socio-economic.
One type of social services is the creation of alternative forms of home boarding for the elderly and persons with disabilities, people with neuropsychiatric diseases, including children with musculoskeletal system functions.
This form of service for today is actively developing branch network of day care for children with disabilities. It has already been possible to return 626 children to families and employ more than 693 parents whose children attend these institutions. Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Kazakhstan will continue to expand it by passing through outsourcing to NGOs or private entities this year.
The transformation of health and social organizations in the stationary type of social service centers is also carried out, which will provide services not only from the budget, but also on a fee basis for other categories of citizens.
“Since the beginning of implementation of the system of providing social services, the number of recipients increased by 73.5% from 72.4 thousand in 2009 to 125.6 thousand in 2016,” said in the department.
It should be reminded that the head of state signed the Law of Kazakhstan “On ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” on February 20, 2015. The Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan adopted and gradually implemented the Action Plan to promote the rights and improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities for 2012-2018. One of the main directions of this plan is to improve the effectiveness of rehabilitation and social services. Currently, about 652 million people with disabilities live in the country.
At the meeting of the Government on January 24 this year, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Kazakhstan Tamara Duissenova has reported about an increase in the number of non-governmental organizations involved in the state to provide special services to the population. In particular, NGOs are involved to provide special services to persons who are in a difficult situation, HIV / AIDS, tuberculosis, and so on.
Source: Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan