The Process for Receiving a Rehabilitation Basket, Ministry of Health
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The Process for Receiving a Rehabilitation Basket

A person who is coping with a mental health handicap may avail himself of the community rehabilitation system in order to promote a personal rehabilitation process. The rehabilitation process can constitute a process of thriving and growth, alongside coping with the illness, and a process of development and of finding meaning and purpose in life in spite of the illness.
A person who is coping with a mental health handicap who is entitled to rehabilitation under the provisions of Community Rehabilitation of Persons with Mental Health Disability Law, 2000, and who wishes to commence a rehabilitation process, may submit to the Regional Rehabilitation Committee ("Rehabilitation Basket Committee") an application to receive a "Rehabilitation Basket" – rehabilitation services given under the provision of the law (for details, see fields of rehabilitation - Hebrew).

The process for receiving a "Rehabilitation Basket" is detailed below:

Eligibility for Rehabilitation Basket
Criteria for eligibility for Rehabilitation Basket:
  1. A person who is coping with a mental health handicap who has reached the age of 18 years.
  2. A person with a medical disability due to a mental health disorder at a level of at least 40%, as determined under the provisions of clauses 33 or 34 of the appendix to the regulations for determining the level of disability.

Process for Receiving Rehabilitation Basket

1. Applying for recognition of mental disability of at least 40%

The Community Rehabilitation of Persons with Mental Health Disability Law, 2000 states that the following are entitled to apply to the rehabilitation basket committee for determining eligibility for a rehabilitation program: 
An Israeli resident for whom a 40% disability and up has been determined by the National Insurance Institute. 
  • In case the applicant has already applied to the NII and was rejected by it, he will not be entitled to receive approval for an examination by a doctor authorized by the Ministry of Health.
  • It is not possible to apply simultaneously both to the NII and to the Ministry of Health.
  • It should be emphasized that the examination by an authorized doctor is valid only for the purpose of applying to the rehabilitation basket committee and cannot be used in any other legal procedure, including for the purpose of submitting a claim or appealing the NII’s decision, or for filing a claim in court, and so on.
  • It is clarified that a certificate given by a listed physician (private request) other than through a request to the Ministry of Health shall not be accepted by the Rehabilitation Committee.
  • Where an applicant is being treated by one of the physicians on the list, he shall not carry out an eligibility test. 
  • Completion of information by the applicant - Should the Ministry require further information, it must be provided within two months, failing which the application shall no longer be valid.

2. Formulating a rehabilitation program

A central element of the rehabilitation process is the formulation of a rehabilitation program adapted to the needs and the abilities of the person with the mental health handicap. Rehabilitation can be performed through completion of education, assistance in being integrated in employment, community housing assistance and others (reference to details of the fields of rehabilitation).

The rehabilitation program will be built in cooperation between the person undergoing rehabilitation and the treatment coordinator/party referring to the Regional Rehabilitation Committee, which can be one of the following:
a. A psychiatric hospital.
b. A mental health clinic/center
c. Social services
d. A community rehabilitation framework
e. A private treatment provider (in one of the clinical professions: social worker, occupational therapist, psychiatrist, psychologist, registered nurse).

In cases where there is no treatment coordinator or treating body that is assisting the person with the mental health disorder, he has the option of filling in the application forms to the Rehabilitation Committee by himself, attaching the required paperwork, including the form filled in by his treating psychiatrist, and submitting them directly to Regional Rehabilitation Committee (see below 'Application to the Regional Rehabilitation Committee'). Similarly, a family member may apply to the Committee on behalf of, and with the consent of, the person with the mental health disorder, enclosing all the required documents.

The rehabilitation program is built in cooperation with the person undergoing rehabilitation, and includes objectives and aims and determines detailed steps of action. The program is assessed from time to time.

3. Application to the Regional Rehabilitation Committee

The Regional Rehabilitation Committee is the party that approves the rehabilitation program that was formulated.
Application to the Rehabilitation Committee is performed through the referring party, or as an application by the person himself, with all the filled in Rehabilitation Basket forms being sent to the District Health Bureau in the person's area of residence.

In an application to the Rehabilitation Committee, the required forms should be submitted together with the attached documents:
  • Personal details
  • Medical report – to be filled out by the treating psychiatrist, and to include an illness summary.
  • Nursing report – when a person applies to receive a rehabilitation basket directly from the hospitalization system.
  • Psychosocial summary – to be filled in by the treating party.
  • Functional assessment. It is desirable to attach relevant diagnoses.
  • Summary, with reasons, of the recommendations of the applicant and the referring party.
  • Report from the rehabilitation department of the National Insurance Institute.
  • Report of the determination of disability, the level of disability and the clauses under which the disability was determined.
  • Signed Waiver of Confidentiality form.
  • Application for dental treatment – if this is included in the rehabilitation program
  • Application to the Rehabilitation Fund – if this is included in the rehabilitation program
  • Application form for a mentor or supporter – if this is included in the rehabilitation program

It is recommended to attach any document that provides an additional aspect of familiarity with the applicant, such as: report from the social services offices, or from past and present rehabilitation frameworks.
  • For housing applications: approval of eligibility for rental assistance from the Ministry of Housing, or undertaking to pay rent from other sources. In the event that the approval is not yet been obtained, a copy of the application to the Ministry of Housing should be attached.

Mode of submission of the documents
The forms and documents should be submitted by the referring party (or in a direction application by the person) by mail to the coordinator of the Rehabilitation Committee (it is recommended to retain copies of the documents).
The Committee coordinator will assess the documents, and if necessary he will return the complete documents to the referring party (if the person applied by himself, the documents will be returned to him).

4. Invitation to the Regional Rehabilitation Committee

After the material is received and assessed, the rehabilitation coordinator will convene the Regional Rehabilitation Committee. The Committee is composed of the following professionals: psychiatrist, social worker, occupational therapist, psychologist or registered nurse.
The committee will ask the applicant to attend a meeting with them for the purpose of getting to know him and gaining an impression.
The applicant may also bring with him family members and any other party that could assist.

The Committee shall convene and invite the applicant up to one month from the receipt of the documents in their entirety. The Committee will convene in one of the cities in the District (but not always in the city where the applicant lives).

5. Decision of the Regional Rehabilitation Committee

After studying the documents and meeting the applicant, the Committee will decide, in accordance with the Community Rehabilitation of Persons with Mental Health Handicap Law (2000), whether to approve the rehabilitation program in its entirety, to approve a part of it, or to reject the rehabilitation program. The Committee can also suggest changes and additions to the rehabilitation program.

The Committee's decision, with reasons, will be sent by post to the referring party, or in cases of self-application, to the applicant himself.

6. Receiving the rehabilitation basket

In cases where a rehabilitation basket is approved for the applicant, he and the referring party will conduct together a "market survey", and choose the appropriate frameworks and/or services that address the rehabilitation program.

7. Integration of the person undergoing rehabilitation in the rehabilitation framework

After choosing the appropriate framework and associating with it, the applicant shall commence activity in accordance with the rehabilitation program that has been determined.
The Regional Rehabilitation Coordinator will convey budgetary approval to the rehabilitation service. By means of this budgetary approval, the State funds the applicant's stay and activity in the rehabilitation services.
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