Introduction:

The services provided to people with disabilities living in the community help them deal with emergency situations, function independently and integrate into community life
Those who have an established disability of 40% by the National Insurance Institute are eligible for these services
A co-payment is required to receive these services


"The Supportive Communities for People with Disabilities Program" operates in various communities around the country with the goal of assisting people with disabilities live independently at home, through a system of personal and professional support services.

  • Personal and community services are provided as part of the program, including:
    • A "community parent" available 24 hours a day
    • A social worker to provide support, help program participants claim various rights and contact different community organizations
    • A connection to a special crisis network for emergency situations
    • Medical services available 24 hours a day including weekends and holidays
    • Minor house repairs and maintenance
    • Minor assistive device repairs (i.e. wheelchairs, walkers, home medical devices, etc.) and assistance bringing the devices to be fixed
    • Assistance in obtaining medications and going shopping
    • Coordinating special transportation for people with disabilities
    • Diverse social activities specially-designed for the special needs community, some of which are performed in cooperation with the greater community

Service Providers

Target Population and Conditions of Eligibility

Tip
Any person who wishes to be diagnosed with a medical disability (general) by the National Insurance Institute, and not through a disability pension claim, can apply to the Tax Authority to be examined by a Income Tax Exemption Medical Committee. For example: a man who suffers an illness that caused disability after he reached retirement age and can not claim a disability pension because of his age, but wishes to receive benefits for medical disability (which are not conditional on receipt of disability pension).

How to Receive the Service

  • For more information on how to join the program, contact a social services office in a municipality in which the program operates.
  • Receiving the services requires a co-payment:

Co-Payment Amounts

  • The co-payment amount is determined based on the average income per-person in the family, according to the value of the monthly credit points.
    • As of 2019, each monthly credit point is worth 218 NIS.
    • "Family" is defined as including parents and children up to to age 18, as well as children up to age 21 who are in their mandatory military or national/civil service and children in the special education system.
    • The average per-person income is calculated based on to the total income of the parents (from work and not from work) in the three months preceding the request for the service, divided by the number of persons in the family and then divided by 3 (for details regarding income that is taken into account see Social Work Regulations 1.22 section 3.
  • Monthly co-payment levels:
Average per-person monthly income Monthly co-payment (according to appendix d of regulation 5.24)
Up to 2,398 NIS (11 credit points) 40 NIS
Up to 3,270 NIS (15 credit points) 60 NIS
Up to 4,360 NIS (20 credit points) 80 NIS
4,360 NIS and above 125 NIS
  • Additionally, the following services require a co-payment, that is not contingent on income amount:
    • Calling a doctor or ambulance - 31 NIS (please note that when an ambulance is called without a doctor's referral there is no Exemption from Emergency Room Costs.
    • Vacation - 218 NIS
    • Day trip (including accessible transportation, entrance fees, explanation and refreshments) - 35 NIS.

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