"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
- The services are provided by various organizations and companies working on behalf of The Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services and the social services branches.
Target Population and Conditions of Eligibility
- People with varying disabilities (including physical, sensory, emotional, and intellectual disabilities) and chronically ill patients who meet the following three conditions:
- They are between the ages of 21 and 65 (from retirement age these services can be received through the senior citizen supportive community.
- They have medical disability that has been established by a National Insurance Institute General Disability Medical Committee to be at least 40%.
- They live at home in the community.
- These services are also intended to help family members who live with someone with a disability.
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:
- 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.
Laws and Regulations
- Provision 5.24 of the Social Work Regulations: Supportive Community for People with Disabilities
- Appendix D to Provision 5.24: Payment Table for Supportive Community for People with Disabilities Participants
- Personal Look at the Supportive Community in Beer Sheva on the Israel A.L.S. website
- Report summarizing five years of the program's activities from the National Insurance Institute, JDC-Israel and the Tauber Foundation.
- This page was based on the JDC-Israel website.
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.