Welcome to the final seminar for the project on the services for people with intellectual disabilities on 2 December

28.11.2022 10.01

The existing districts for the special care of people with intellectual disabilities will be abolished. The purpose of the Kehitysvammaisten palvelut (‘services for people with intellectual disabilities’, KEPA Uusimaa) project was to develop and reorganise the services of social and health care. In the final seminar, we will review the key results and observations of the project.

The existing districts for the special care of people with intellectual disabilities will be abolished and the duties of special care districts will become the responsibility of the wellbeing services counties as of 1 January 2023. This is primarily an administrative change. The purpose of the Kehitysvammaisten palvelut (‘services for people with intellectual disabilities’, KEPA Uusimaa) was to develop and reorganise the social and health care services of people with intellectual disabilities. The objective is to guarantee the continuity, availability, timeliness and equality of the services. The implementation period for the project is from 1 August 2021 to 31 December 2022. More information about the project is available on the KEPA Uusimaa website.

Final seminar of the KEPA Uusimaa project

The final seminar of the KEPA Uusimaa project will be held at 13–15 on 2 December 2022.  In the final seminar, we will review the key results and observations of the project. People using the services, social and health care professionals, supervisors, developers, directors, and other people interested in the project are all welcome to the final seminar.

Register remotely

The event will be in hybrid format. You can attend the event remotely via a Teams live(external link) event. Invited guests have the opportunity to attend the event in the Hanaholmen cultural centre in Espoo.

Programme

13:00  Opening of the event – Anu Autio, Head of Family and Social Services Unit, City of Espoo

13:05  The consequence of the project – Kati Sihvonen, Project Manager, and Tiina Hannikainen, Project Specialist, the KEPA Uusimaa project

  • supporting the development of competence and the work of the wellbeing services counties
  • development of basic health care practices: taking the needs of people requiring special support into account in appointments and at the clinic
  • means of developing competence
  • cooperation brings progress: client participation and networks

13:50  Coffee break

14:10  Where do we go from here?  - Panel discussion. We discuss the future and potential further development of the services for people with intellectual disabilities. The discussion is led by Markus Paananen, Service Area Director for health and social services at the Western Uusimaa Wellbeing Services County and Chair of the steering group for the KEPA Uusimaa project. Panel composition:

  • Katja Riikonen, Head of Family Support, Kehitysvammatuki 57 ry
  • Risto Vataja, Head of Neuro-, Gero- and Substance Abuse Psychiatry, HUS Joint Authority
  • Katja Raita, Head of Disability Work, City of Helsinki
  • Johanna Pulkkinen, Service Area Director for services for disabled people, Kanta-Häme Wellbeing Services County
  • Timo Hokkanen, Service Area Director for services for disabled people, Western Uusimaa Wellbeing Services County
  • Kirsi Leväpelto, Service Area Director for adult social work and services for disabled people, Vantaa-Kerava Wellbeing Services County

14:55                Closing words – Markus Paananen