Residential care centers for people with intellectual disability in Israel. Trends in the number of children 1999-2007 (pp. 319-322)
Authors: Ariel Tenenbaum, Shoshana Aspler, Dan Rorman, Amanda Sinai, Brian Seth Fuchs, Mordechai Raskas, Meir Lotan, and Joav Merrick
Abstract: In 1997-1998 a questionnaire was developed by the Office of the Medical Director, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services. This questionnaire has intended an annual health assessment of the residents with intellectual disability (ID) and the services provided to them by residential care centers within Israel. The present study was conducted in order to examine trends in the number of children with intellectual disability in residential care centers in Israel. We have demonstrated a clear downward trend with regard to the percent of children living in residential care facilities, from 18.1% of the total population in 1999 to 12.6% in 2007. Children living in residential care in 2007 comprised 2.6% of the total population of people with ID serviced by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services.