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Personal Ombudsmen – Supported Decision-Making in Practice, Anna Nilsson. Presented at Looking globally, legislating locally: the Irish Legal Capacity Bill, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin, 3 April ...

Personal Ombudsmen – Supported Decision-Making in Practice, Anna Nilsson. Presented at Looking globally, legislating locally: the Irish Legal Capacity Bill, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin, 3 April 2012. Amnesty International Ireland and the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway

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    Personal Ombudsmen: Supported Decision-Making in Practice, Anna Nilsson Personal Ombudsmen: Supported Decision-Making in Practice, Anna Nilsson Presentation Transcript

    • Personal Ombudsmen –Supported Decision-Making in Practice Presentation by Anna Nilsson“Looking Globally, Legislating Locally: The Irish Legal Capacity Bill” Dublin 4 April 2012
    • Outline• Overview of the Personal Ombudsman system (PO) in Sweden.• The PO system match international human rights law, CRPD in particular.• And it’s cost effective. Lund University / Faculty of Law / Jur. kand Anna Nilsson, doctoral student / 04/04/12
    • Brief background• PO system was born in 1995, part of a larger reform• ”something was missing”• Started with 10 pilot projects• Evaluated by national Board of Health and Social Welfare Lund University / Faculty of Law / Jur. kand Anna Nilsson, doctoral student / 04/04/12
    • Results of the evaluation• Persons felt better in charge of their lives.• Effects occurred measurable already after 18 months• Effects were long-lasting• Effects were particularly positive when: – service coordination were lacking – persons used a wide range of support/ care services• No significant differences depending on gender, age or place of residence.• Less effect of persons very complex needs• Shift in the type of services used. From compulsory psychiatric care to community based support services. Lund University / Faculty of Law / Jur. kand Anna Nilsson, doctoral student / 04/04/12
    • In figures• Prior/ without PO: 40.000 €/ individual/ year• 5-7% spent on ’empowering’ services• After 18 months: saving 11.500 €/ individual/ year• Five year perspective: saving 18.000 €/ individual/ year• The PO service costs 4.500 €/ individual/ year Lund University / Faculty of Law / Jur. kand Anna Nilsson, doctoral student / 04/04/12
    • How does the PO work?• 100 % on the commission of the client• Long-term engagement• Support to identify needs, get access to services, coordination• Representation requires a power of attorney.• “Friend”, “memory”, “witness” or “advocate” Lund University / Faculty of Law / Jur. kand Anna Nilsson, doctoral student / 04/04/12
    • ”Success factors” of PO Skåne• Flexible working hours• No office• No bureaucratic procedure• No records• Focus on develop trustful relationship• Flexible support• Good advocacy skills Lund University / Faculty of Law / Jur. kand Anna Nilsson, doctoral student / 04/04/12
    • Good CRPD match• The PO is 100% a support-system• Autonomy strengthening effects• Confirm the close connection between art 12 and 19 in CRPD. Lund University / Faculty of Law / Jur. kand Anna Nilsson, doctoral student / 04/04/12