The Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services – Office for the Care of the Autistic and P.D.D. Population is responsible for community treatment and treatment services outside the home for those on the autism spectrum. Recognition by the office is necessary in order to access rights in this area.
Target audience and prerequisites
- Children and adults who have been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum.
Stages of the process
- Contact the social worker in the social services office located in [the area in which you live. The social worker will pass the request to the Office for the Care of the Autistic and P.D.D. Population.
- The following documentation must be attached to the request:
- If there are a number of diagnoses (for example, autism and Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (Mental Retardation)), attach explanations for each diagnosis and a summarizing and integrative discussion about the state of the diagnosed person.
- If the diagnosis is inconclusive, the Office for the Care of the Autistic and P.D.D. Population may order its own diagnosis to be performed, a process which could take a number of months.
- The supervisor of the unit for care of persons with autism will pass the documents received from the social worker to the "Credited Psychologist" (פסיגולוג אמון), a clinical psychologist with experience in autism authorized to determine eligibility for services for the Ministry of Social Affairs.
- The social worker in the social services office will be notified of the final decision and will inform the parents accordingly.
- It is possible to submit an appeal to the decision regarding recognition and for eligibility for receiving services.
- Submit the appeal to the local department for social services where the first request was submitted.
- The department for social services will refer the appeal to the regional supervisor of the Office for the Care of the Autistic and P.D.D. Population.
Services Provided by the Office for the Care of the Autistic and P.D.D. Population
- The Office provides arrangements outside the home and in the community for the benefit of these special populations and their families, including:
- Daycare Centers for Toddlers with Autism
- Community Services for Children with Autism
- Community Services for Adults with Autism Living at Home
- Volunteering for National Civil Service for People with Autism
- Employment for Adults with Autism Living at Home
- Housing Options Outside the Home for People with Autism
- In addition, the service offers:
- Supportive counseling and family care by social workers in the social services departments.
- Information, support, counseling and advocacy center for the family in partnership with ALUT.
- Only someone recognized by the welfare office is eligible to receive the various available services, even if these services are provided by another organization, such as ALUT.
- Recognition of toddlers and children may be temporarily granted until age 6. At the end of this period, you must submit an up-to-date diagnostic report and educational/function report in order to renew the official recognition.
Legislation and Regulations
- Section 6 of rule 10.1 of Rules and tariffs - Policy of care for people with autism/PDD
- ALUT’s Booklet of Rights for Children on the Autism Spectrum
- Original translation performed by The Shira Pransky Project as part of a grant from The Fellowship Fund.