Therapeutic Community For Young Adults

Therapeutic Community

Summit's Young Adults Unit is a 3-year comprehensive rehabilitation and treatment program. During the three years we help people who have gone through mental crises and their functioning has been affected as a result

Summit's Young Adults Unit is a 3-year comprehensive rehabilitation and treatment program.
During the three years we help people who have gone through mental crises and their functioning
Damaged as a result, to achieve independence, this through intensive psychotherapy and a plan
Rehabilitation that covers the various areas of life. We advocate the combination of psychotherapy together
With sociotherapy, emphasis is placed on a combination of imparting functional skills alongside recognition of
the inner world and on the integration of the person in the community. It is important to know that the group has a process
Very significant in the reconstruction process and many of the resources are invested in capacity building

The Therapy Process There are two stages in the therapeutic process:

The internal phase: The rehabilitation begins with two people living in a room in 8-10 year old apartments
partners, it is characterized by an active community life and an intensive schedule consisting of activities
Social, rehabilitative and various therapeutics. Employment in the first stage begins at the factory
The shelter where the staff is in close contact with the therapeutic and rehabilitation staff in the unit.

transition phase: After a year, the rehabilitated move to an apartment a short walk from the buildings
The central ones, living in the transition apartments are for 3-5 partners, each in a separate room.
There is a decrease in both the intensity of the schedule and the presence of the staff in the apartment. During the transition phase
Those rehabilitated are required to go to work in the free market.

The external phase: During the last year the members of the community rent an apartment independently
In the neighborhood, usually with partners they met during the program. There is another decrease in the amount of activities
Duty in the unit. There is a growing demand for independence, while continuing to be accompanied and treated.
Every year the community holds several trips, parties and cultural and social activities in production
of community members. Also, they are offered additional programs and activities within the institute,
and integration in the sports center.

The unit's staff includes: management, psychologists, social workers, arts therapists,
Instructors, nurse, psychiatrist and dietitian.

Acceptance criteria:

  • Age 22-35
  • Recognition by a rehabilitation basket
  • Motivation for the process of rehabilitation and treatment
  • Ability to stay unsupervised
  • A period of at least six months without suicidal attempts and the use of addictive substances
  • BMI is normal

Admission process: sending appropriate documents to the secretariat via email-

  • Medical documents - letter from a psychiatrist, diagnosis, medications, history of hospitalizations/treatments.
  • A letter from the candidate detailing after reading the program on the website, what are the reasons for them
    Interested in integrating into the community, a letter from supporting factors (caregivers/care coordinators) and me
  • Confirmation of the disability clauses of the unemployment insurance + confirmation of the rehabilitation basket.
  • Photocopy of ID card

After receiving the documents, you will be invited to an exposure meeting with the director of the unit together with the family,
The rest of the process will be explained to you there. Later in the process, you will be invited to an experience day at the protected factory,
An experience evening in the unit itself, the orientation meeting in the unit and then reception. date
Admission is subject to availability, the length of the wait varies.

The Therapeutic Community for Young Adults Address: 39 Tziporen Street, Gilo, Jerusalem

טלפון: 02-6766020  פקס: 02-6766027
Unit's Mail
Director of the Therapeutic Community for Young Adults- Rita Kotik

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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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