Assisted Living

Assisted Living

The sheltered housing services of the Summit Institute are specially adapted to people who are interested and able to live in independent apartments in the community, but need accompaniment and guidance in developing the skills necessary for a more independent life. The service is intended for candidates who are released from psychiatric hospitalization, for those who wish to leave the family home, as well as for people who are in hostels, and intend to move towards independence.

The support unit in housing in the community of the Summit Institute association is suitable for people (from the age of 18 and up
Age 70+) who deal with mental illness, mental disorder and functional difficulties, and live
in the community, in Jerusalem and in Gush Etzion.
The service is intended for people who are in different stages of life, who are interested and able to live
in independent apartments in the community, but constantly need emotional and rehabilitation support, and guidance in development
The skills needed for a more independent life. 
The program is intended for people who are released from psychiatric hospitalization, for those who are coping and living
Alone and wishing to receive an escort, for those wishing to leave the family home, and yes, for people
who are in the hostels, and intend to move towards independence.

Our unit's core program offers:

  1. Weekly individual accompaniment by a social worker in the form of a conversation of a supportive rehabilitation nature, as well as coordination of the social worker's treatment with various rehabilitation and treatment factors in the life of the rehabilitator.
  2. Weekly training sessions with rehabilitation instructors in the residential area and home environment.

It is important to note that for contestants who are parents of children, there is the possibility within the escort
In the unit, join a psycho-educational group for struggling parents and parent-child activities
On behalf of the unit and the Summit Institute.
The goals of the framework are to build and strengthen functional, occupational skills and habits
and social, thereby promoting independence, adaptability and a good quality of life. Construction
The rehabilitation program is done individually, according to the needs, with the participation of
the rehabilitator and other therapeutic factors.
The rehabilitated persons applying to the housing support unit must belong to some kind of employment framework,
To be under psychiatric supervision and to be responsible for taking medication independently. the escort
The plan requires a valid decision from the rehabilitation basket section - the Ministry of Health or a referral from
Ministry of Defence.
Program Structure
The accompaniment is provided as part of independent living or living with partners. The scope of the activity (amount
the weekly meetings with the unit staff) is determined by the decision of the rehabilitation basket committee or
The Department of Rehabilitation in the Ministry of Defense.

Different escort levels:

  • Ramat Levin 1-2 weekly sessions
  • Regular protected level 3-5 sessions
  • Ramat Mogan is enhanced 6-7 sessions

Activities in the Assisted Living Program:

  • Preparation for the move - through accompaniment in the process of searching for an apartment and partners, assistance in their negotiations with the apartment owners and in the signing of the contract, as well as in buying the necessary equipment for the apartment (it is important to submit an application for assistance from the rehabilitation fund ahead of time).
  • Support and guidance in integration into an employment framework
  • Support and training for daily functions, including cleanliness, personal hygiene, cooking and eating habits, shopping, personal finance, independent transportation, and communication with local institutions
  • Strengthening interpersonal and social skills, while referring to shared life in the apartment and encouraging integration into various settings in the community. Updating the rehabilitation plan, in accordance with the periodic assessment of the situation and the updates of the treating agency.

It is worth noting that if there is a change in the rehabilitator's condition, the staff will assist in the referral

and in the transfer

for a more suitable frame.

Methods of referral and admission to the community housing support unit:
You can apply through the mental health stations, clinics, personal therapists, frameworks
Rehabilitation, as well as independently. The admission procedure includes sending a current psychiatric report and a report
Psychosocial, along with an intake interview to examine the rehabilitator's suitability for the program.
The process is conditional on the approval of the rehabilitation basket of the district rehabilitation coordinator, in the regulation of rights
in the National Insurance, as well as by signing an engagement contract with the framework. 

For more details and to contact the community housing support unit ('protected housing'):
Address – 4 Maase Hoshev Street, PO Box 10234, Talpiot, Jerusalem 9262208
Tel: +972-2-6737221 Fax: +972-2-6725442

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A child is separated from his or her parents' custody only after efforts have been made to assist the parents and maintain the child's presence within the family. Priority is given to exploring the possibility of placing the child with a close relative, such as grandparents, uncles, or older siblings, before considering placing the child with an unrelated family.

Foster families who are relatives undergo the same screening and training as other foster families. These individuals are committed and dedicated to providing a stable and secure home for a child from their own family, often transforming their lives to do so.

Within the family, foster care helps the child maintain a sense of belonging and often allows them to remain in a familiar environment.

The Summit Institute offers specialized and comprehensive support for these families, including customized courses and group activities, according to their unique needs.

In 2006, the foster care law was enacted thanks to the efforts of Karin Elharer (Yesh Atid movement). As a result of this legislation, many relative foster families are now able to receive the same services and assistance as other foster families.

The Summit Institute supports close foster families by providing professional guidance throughout the process and assisting the children with their fundamental needs.
The term emergency foster care refers to a temporary arrangement for infants and children who have been urgently removed from their homes due to immediate danger. For up to 3 months, these families provide children with all the necessities they need after being removed from their homes, including physical and educational support, as well as a safe and nurturing environment. In addition, emergency foster families facilitate meetings between children and their biological parents at designated contact centres.
During emergency foster care, welfare service care planning committees determine the children's future arrangements, including whether they will live with a long-term foster family, move to another out-of-home placement, or return home.
The Summit Institute supports close foster families by providing professional guidance throughout the process, accompanying the children, and assisting them with their fundamental needs.
The therapeutic foster care system is designed to support children and adolescents with challenging backgrounds who have faced traumas, primarily due to their biological parents' inability to provide essential emotional and physical care for their normal development. 
Therapeutic foster care focuses on helping children exhibiting extreme and diverse behaviours, often requiring ongoing psychiatric supervision and emotional or medicinal treatment.   
In order to accommodate these children, therapeutic foster families must possess emotional resilience and family strength.
Therapeutic foster families receive extensive support throughout the process, including emotional support for the child as well as financial aid to alleviate the burden on the foster family.
When a child enters foster care, it is a transformative event that necessitates a high degree of readiness from the foster family. In the case of foster care for children with special needs, additional considerations come into play.

The CMAD foster care system addresses three types of limitations:

1. Masha - Mental-developmental limitations

2.     Autism

3.     Physical limitations

A family choosing to become a foster family for children with special needs receives comprehensive support from the moment they make the decision and throughout the process. This support encompasses psychological, financial, and enhanced medical assistance. 

We deeply admire and appreciate the families who choose to provide foster care for children with special needs.
It is natural for biological parents to be involved in their children's lives.
In most cases, they continue to be the children's legal guardians 
guardians and retain many parental rights. Foster care is essentially a cooperative parenting effort between the child's biological parents and the welfare services.
The involvement of biological parents is crucial for the development of children in foster care, and we always encourage fostering a positive relationship between foster and biological parents whenever possible.
In accordance with the child's and biological parent's needs, meetings with the children are scheduled weekly, biweekly, or monthly. These meetings take place at supervised contact centers or, in cases where supervision is not required,
at pre-arranged locations like the parents' home or a public park. Contact may be limited to phone calls in some instances, depending on the case.
For a child's mental health, it is vital to foster a strong relationship between the biological and foster parents.
All decisions made by welfare services, foster parents, and biological parents should prioritize the child's best interests and foster a healthy connection with their parents.

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