Interviews with Member Representatives
Initiativa Pozitiva – Moldova
Ina Vutcariov (Position: Head of the Section Activities for people in conflict with the law)
- Why is important for Initiativa Pozitiva to be part of the EFTC?
Initiativa Pozitiva has been carrying out rehabilitation programs for more than 20 years. Belonging to a community of professionals and the support of colleagues from different countries is for us a value and a benefit in itself. And the fact that we are part of EFTC makes us feel confident about the quality of our programs and our role in the rehabilitation segment.
- What are the main challenges Moldova is facing in the field of drugs and addictions?
Moldova has a severe deficit of state-funded rehabilitation programs; it has no rehabilitation programs for children and adolescents. Another difficulty is related to new psychoactive substances, which do not have an elaborate intervention and support protocol.
3. How is your organization helping to address these challenges?
The organization initiated advocacy actions regarding the financing of rehabilitation programs from state funds, and obtained funding from the municipal fund. The organization is also part of the working groups on legislative changes and the development of services for addicted people, which are organized at the level of parliament.
- How is the Therapeutic Community approach evolving in your country?
The impact of investing in treatment rather than punishment is increasingly understood. It promotes the idea that therapeutic communities are an effective method. An important step was the opening, 5 years ago, of the first TC in the penitentiary system.