The background of the project is shaped by the Next Step Program implementation in the last 6 years as a joint initiative that BCNL had undertaken together with the key partners – Bulgarian Association for People with Intellectual Disabilities (BAPID) and Global Initiative in Psychiatry-Sofia (GIP – Sofia). Our achievements, lessons learned and impressions outline the following background specifics that have to be taken into consideration regarding to the supported decision-making (SDM):
The seven pilot projects within the Next Step Program are currently investing efforts in strengthening the community recognition of their initiatives. In this way, they will secure their own sustainable future development as grass-root initiatives. Being the national coordinator of the program and the leader in shaping the methodology and legal concept of SDM within the Bulgarian context, BCNL is now ready to position itself as a conductor between the national and the grass-root level.
The main purpose of the project is to support the process of reloading the Next Step Program as a community program.
Main strategies and activities
Timeframe of the project: 01.01.2019 – 31.12.2020
The project is implemented by: Bulgarian Center for Not-for-profit Law (BCNL) in partnership with Bulgarian Association of People with Intellectual Disabilities (BAPID) and Global Initiative on Psychiatry (GIP).
Total project budget: 220 000 USD
Financed by: Open Society Foundations