Oviedo (EFE).- The Governing Council approved this Friday the decree that regulates the recognition of dependency and the right to the corresponding benefits of the System for Autonomy and Care for Dependency (SAAD), which include services (prevention, telecare, home help, day centers and residential care) and economic support.
As explained by the Government spokesperson, Melania Álvarez, this regulation represents the culmination of the 2019-2023 shock plan and its objective, in addition to eliminating bureaucratic burdens and streamlining management, is to improve the quality of care for people from the very beginning. time of request.
From December 2019 to the end of 2022, the Principality reduced the average processing time from 19 to 8 months.
At present, one in three files is already dispatched in less than six months and the new procedure will allow most files to be resolved before the legally established period.
The increase in applications since 2019 (there are currently close to 44,000 active files) together with the 28,977 people who currently receive a SAAD benefit (8,000 more than in 2019) have motivated the need to reinforce the workforce with 35 public employees, the largest increase in the historical series.
The Government has highlighted that this effort is complemented by initiatives that improve the efficiency of the processes, such as the new decree.
Review of a procedure designed 14 years ago
The last measure of the crash plan consists of a total review of the procedure designed 14 years ago, to make it more agile, incorporate the use of new technologies, avoid duplication, eliminate bureaucratic burdens and adapt it to the person-centered care model.
The new standard establishes a single procedure, centralizes the processing in the regional Administration in all its phases and facilitates people’s access to this system.
In addition, it opens the electronic way to carry out procedures, while consolidating emergency management in certain situations, and also contemplates the collaboration of private entities in the control of benefits.
The new regulatory framework, which will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Gazette of the Principality (BOPA), “will contribute decisively to improving the system, since it has been prepared in order to facilitate the full exercise of their rights to dependent persons and their families”, the spokesperson for the Executive has had an impact. EFE