Social Services- General Information:
The Social Services are offered to the town residents, from birth age to old age, on three levels: individual, group and community treatment, according to the policy set by the Ministry of Social Services and the municipality. The services aim to promote the welfare of the individual, the family and the community, in order to improve their functioning. This is done through treatment, rehabilitation, consultation and guidance.
The work is based on advanced professional intervention methods implemented by professional and skilled social workers that invest in continuing education programs beyond their B.A. or M.A. studies, specializing in specific professional fields such as: children and youth, marriage counseling, old age, community work, handicaps, addictions etc.
The services that are offered are compulsory services and optional services.
Compulsory services: are derived from different laws (see details further on) that the responsibility for their implementation is on the social workers.
Optional services: are derived from regulations of the Ministry of Social Services and the policy of the Ma'alot Tarshiha municipality in the social field.
The treatment of families is prioritized by the severity of the problem, the extent of danger it reflects on the individual and the family, the chance for a change in their functioning and the measure of motivation.
We address every application; we examine it thoroughly in order to minimize the waiting list for treatment as much as possible. At the same time, we provide support and follow-up for families in which the treatment has ended or in chronic situations.
To provide personal and social services according to the requirements of the law and regulations.
To identify populations at risk and provide protection for helpless populations.
To prevent violence and neglect in the family.
To establish and develop social and communal services that will address needs of populations in need.
To raise the public awareness to the needs of the department's clients.
To promote the residents' participation in social and communal activities and recruit volunteers for the socials services unit.
Children and juveniles- day care centers for ages of 6 months to 3 years, after-school care centers for children, arranging placements in dormitories and foster families, guiding, counseling and treating children and parents who are dealing with emotional and behavioral problems, adolescence and difficulties with adapting to academic and professional settings, treating children at risk.
Individual and family therapy- assistance in stressful situations and crises, treating single-parent families, marriage consultation, guiding couples during a divorce process, financial support for equipment for the home, dental care, transportation to therapies, medical equipment and more. Including activating a family therapy centre.
Populations with special needs- treating people with physical handicaps or mental illnesses and retardation. Dealing with placements in therapeutic and rehabilitation institutions within the community and outside of it, guidance and consultation for the families.
Populations at risk- violent situation in and out of the family, sexual harassment and abuse, alcohol and drugs addictions.
Old age- includes individual therapy, old-age benefits, activating a day-centre for the elderly, retirement homes, seniors' clubs, supportive neighborhood and a variety of leisure services.
Activating rules that are intended to ensure the protection and treatment of the population:
Treatment and Supervision of Juveniles Law- protection of children at risk
Protection of the Helpless Law
Prevention of Family Violence Law
Treatment of the Elderly Law
Protection of the Elderly Law
Social Workers' Law
There are different centers that were developed within the community with the intension of providing assistance to families and individuals. These centers are suited to their needs;
they are accessible and continuously available.