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Social and professional reintegration units


Organizational units without legal personality, providing social and professional reintegration services addressed to people at risk of social exclusion, run by non-profit organizations, local government units or other entities, e.g. social cooperatives.

Reintegration units include: social integration centers (CIS), social integration clubs (KIS), vocational activity establishments (ZAZ), occupational therapy workshops (WTZ).

Social integration center is an educational institution, with status given by voivode, where the element of education is work as part of social employment. The participants of the classes are people at risk of social exclusion especially long-term unemployed, homeless, disabled persons, alcohol and drug addicts, with mental disorders, released from prisons and refugees. The aim of the CIS activities is to rebuild social skills and ability to perform work on the labor market.

Social integration club provides support individuals and their families in rebuilding and holding of ability to participation in the life of the local community, returning to fulfilling social equality and increasing professional qualifications. KIS should be open to the needs of the local environment and should adjust the scope of the services and activities to the need of all groups at risk of social exclusion.

Vocational activity establishment is a reintegration unit, with status given by voivode, which combines social and vocational rehabilitation of disabled people with running a business. ZAZ creates jobs for persons with legal confirmation of disability and has a requirement to employ at least 70% disabled persons with severe degree of disability and with moderate degree of disability if autism, mental retardation or mental illness.

Occupational therapy workshop is an institution supporting the process of social and vocational rehabilitation of the disabled persons in the field of developing the ability to perform activities of everyday life and skills necessary for employment. Participants of WTZ are intellectually or physically disabled persons, with severe or moderate disability certificates and an indication for occupational therapy. The activity of WTZ is not of a profitable nature.

Contact person on methodology:
GUS – Departament Badań Społecznych i Rynku Pracy