Monica Oltra’s resignation comes in a few decisive months for Equality, and there is a lot of work to be done in the offices to implement some of the parliament’s most important decisions. The new Minister, Aitana Mas, must put fifth gear to get these texts on the streets as soon as possible, as this would mean, in Oltra’s words, “a 30-year leap in management”.
At least, these are the tasks given by the third sector and the most important platforms of addiction. To strengthen the legislature and abolish what Oltra has always advocated as a pillar of the welfare state – Social Services – it is necessary to repeal two decrees.
The first is the decree on the typology and functioning of services, programs and social service centers. It is an “encyclopedia” of more than a thousand pages that can be found on petitions, but in short, updates and improves the rates and models of all social service centers, as well as guaranteeing local care. Moreover, it is not only that, it combines more than 15 different standards, some of which have not been touched for 30 years, and gives fresh air.
The second is the Covivint Plan, a new housing model that is less crowded and more like a home, divided into 20-person co-living units, limiting the centers to 100 spaces. A decree that aims to finalize the Blasco-Cotino model and is always against employers who feel that it does not meet the need for large numbers of elderly people in the future. There are currently 28,720 (283 private and 74 public) spread across 357 centers, and this plan plans for about 7,000 more. However, WHO estimates that 22,800 will be required and it is necessary to accelerate the plan as well as approve it based on requests from the third sector.
Both decrees came to pass these legislatures, and organizations are now demanding they be passed this year if possible. But there are still administrative hurdles. The first one must have been worn by Mas this Monday. The government has recently approved the “accreditation and quality agreement for centers and services of the Addiction Care and Assistance System (SAAD)” for autonomies. Now it has to go through the communities to be ratified, and the rule taps into one of the columns of the two previous decrees. Equality – demanded by the third sector – should be agile in meeting the Government’s demands and initiate decrees as soon as possible.
push to PATI
However, there is a third decree that the addiction industry claims with great enthusiasm; the first because it comes from them, the second because it means ending the institutionalization of people in the centres. He is the person who arranges personal assistants (a person hired to be an addict’s eyes, hands, and legs). Valencia has always led the way in this highly sought after service for people with disabilities, as it means true freedom of movement and is not limited to the walls of centres. Currently, the Community only has 192 personal assistants, but organizations are demanding strong pressure this year, putting the figure as another help people know and want. In particular, they want to strengthen the figure of the children’s personal assistant (PATI), a benefit that C. Valenciana has pioneered throughout Spain.
Oltra’s first decision as soon as she landed at Botànic was to cut addicts’ waiting lists. Seven years later, he fulfilled his first big promise. In 2015 the system hosted 43,000 people, Oltra left with benefits and very good data from the Government with 126,565 citizens every year in Imserso, albeit with nuances. But the main Achilles heel in management has been not paying the addiction to the 14,000 families who died while waiting to collect aid. The former minister has always prioritized those who live on the list, but families that do not receive compensation are still there, something Mas has to manage.
Oltra’s second decision was to create the Valencian trans law, which was a pioneering and comparative standard in Spain in 2017. Five years later, this regulation paves the way for state trans law as it is a benchmark in depathizing and prosecuting individuals. as well as facilitating gender self-determination and document change, so-called conversion therapies. Oltra has always been very close to the LGBTI community and associations like Lambda, first as a consultant and then as a lawyer combining this with her political activities, it is not yet known whether Mas will prioritize.
Despite doubling of places and workers continuing to receive complaints, early intervention, lack of place in day centers for dependent people or managing Valencia Participation Income as the Government Minimum Vital Income comes in are other major management challenges for More. The Equality and Social Services portfolio is one of the most ungrateful management schemes of any Government. Oltra took office with the ambition to “save the people” and put them, especially the most vulnerable, at the center of the system. This is the job that leaves Aitana Mas.