The Ministry of Equality and Inclusive Policies owes Aprosdeco a total of 8 invoices for its management of the Occupational Center and Day Center "La Xara" that amounts to more than 650.000 euros. 91 people with intellectual functional diversity attend these centers daily and a total of 35 professionals work. The care extends to 91 families throughout the region, a total of 12 municipalities are involved.
This June the workers will not collect their payroll and this situation will be repeated until the Ministry does not face its debts and normalizes the payment of a vital service for the region since there is no other resource of these characteristics.
The centers have provided uninterrupted care throughout this pandemic period, supporting families at critical times. In these times of great vulnerability, determinants have been shown for the lives of each of the people who come to the center and their families. The impact of the pandemic on all of them has been devastating and professionalized care has minimized this impact and alleviated family situations.
"Conselleria, through its Directorate of Social Infrastructures has not offered clear and concrete information on when or how much it will pay, only anticipating that some files are in process", they assure from Aprosdeco. "The administration argues that this situation is due to the fact that currently the contract with the Association has expired and we are in a situation of unfair compensation until the new tender process in progress is resolved, which implies more extensive processes in the management of invoices. This justification is totally uncertain since in the last 5 and a half years, the Association has only had contracts in two periods of one year and such important delays have never accumulated. So this argument is unfounded. "
Aprosdeco is an entity formed by families founded in 1974 and that throughout its history has launched different resources to respond to the needs that have been detected in people with intellectual disabilities and their families. In these 46 years the Management of Occupational Center and Day Center has been added other services:
Sheltered House I where 7 women live, Sheltered House II in which 6 men live, a Leisure Club and a Special Employment Center: Industrial Laundry.
During all these years it has become a benchmark in the region, consolidated and committed to the most vulnerable people.
This situation endangers projects such as the reform and start-up of a new Sheltered Housing, very necessary and in demand due to the lack of residential places in the region.