Summer Newsletter 2015

Bizchut wins the ‘Effective Non-Profit Award’!

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The prestigious Midot Award for Effectiveness was presented to Bizchut in a moving ceremony held as part of Midot’s annual conference in July 2015.  Midot is an NGO dedicated to analyzing and rating Israeli nonprofits in order to promote those most effective at addressing social problems.  The Honorable Chief Justice Emeritus of the Supreme Court, Meir Shamgar, who currently chairs Midot’s Public Council, along with other members of the Prize Committee, praised Bizchut for its exceptional work advancing of the rights of thousands of people with disabilities every year, in all areas of concern and without any government support.  We are proud to be part of an organization that acts responsibly, transparently and is so effective.

Read the prize letter here

The Long Road to the Right to Mental Healthcare

Bizchut welcomes the implementation of the Mental Healthcare Reform which began on July 1, 2015 and is proud of our contribution to this achievement. The Reform, which shifts responsibility for funding and providing mental healthcare from the Ministry of Health and to the Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), finally puts an end to the artificial distinction between people in need of mental healthcare and those in need of general healthcare. It also puts an end to the unacceptable state of affairs in which people in need of mental healthcare had to wait many months for appointments and guarantees their right to treatment under the law and in practice, in contrast to the situation before the Reform.  Starting now, people have a statutory right to receive mental health services in the community, as is the case with any other health services in Israel.

Bizchut and other civil society organizations have struggled tirelessly for over a decade in order that this Reform, which had been promised by the government over the years in many unexecuted government decisions, will finally be put into practice, ending the status quo of discrimination.

Read more here…

Bizchut’s ‘Article 12’ Pilot is going from Strength to Strength

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As part of a project Promoting Legal Capacity for Persons with Disabilities being supported by the European Union, Bizchut has developed a pilot providing an innovative new supported decision-making service to 22 individuals with a variety of disabilities. Participants are receiving support in decision-making that is enabling them to follow their desires and be more independent.  We at Bizchut believe it is important for the public to hear the personal stories of these individuals who are choosing supported decision-making over guardianship.  We present here two of those stories:

  • Dana Carmon, the first person in Israel to have guardianship cancelled in favor of supported decision-making
  • A column written by N, a participant in the pilot.

Watch Dana’s story here

Read N’s story in Hebrew

Article 12 refers to Article 12 of the CRPD (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) which establishes that persons with disabilities shall enjoy legal capacity on an equal basis with others in all aspects of life and the State Parties shall take appropriate measures to provide support that may be required in this regard.

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