The Secretary for Labor and Welfare, Law Chi Kwong Jin (26th) published a blog stating that in 2021-22, the budget for recurrent expenditure on rehabilitation and medical social services is about 10.71 billion yuan, an increase of 66% from the 6.45 billion yuan four years ago.
The Rehabilitation Advisory Committee submitted the "Disabled and Rehabilitation Plan" to the government last year. One of its directions is to provide timely and appropriate support to equip people with disabilities to cope with changes in all stages of their lives.
Luo pointed out that the current government is actively investing resources to provide interventional support services for children with special needs. The "Pre-school Rehabilitation Service Pilot Program for Schools" will further increase by 1,000 to 10,000 in the 2022/23 school year. The multi-professional service team will provide Children studying in kindergartens or kindergarten-cum-child care centers provide on-site training.
Multi-professional service team provides on-site training to provide professional support for teachers and parents
Luo Zhiguang said that in order to support pre-school children with special needs, the government launched the "On-School Pre-school Rehabilitation Service Pilot Project" in 2015. A multi-professional service team will provide on-site training for these children who are studying in kindergartens or kindergarten-cum-child care centers. , And provide professional support for teachers, child care workers and parents.
The service will be regularized from October 2018. The number of service places has increased from about 3,000 under the pilot scheme to about 9,000 at present, and will further increase by 1,000 to 10,000 in the 2022/23 school year.
In addition, in the 2020/21 school year, the government will implement the "Kindergarten/Kindergarten-cum-Child Care Centre First-tier Support Service Pilot Project" through the Lottery Fund in the 2020/21 school year, which is waiting for the assessment of children's physical intelligence test centers or is assessed by these centers as having marginal growth and development problems. Wait for children to provide early intervention services.
Luo said that in order to enable children with special needs to continue to receive appropriate services after entering primary schools, the SWD and the Education Bureau have strengthened the data transfer mechanism between pre-school rehabilitation service units and primary schools in the 2018/19 school year.
Under the mechanism, the assessment data and progress reports of pre-school children who are receiving or waiting for SWD-funded pre-school rehabilitation services will be sent to the relevant primary schools before the start of the new school year, so that the schools can learn about the students’ conditions as soon as possible and provide them with appropriate information. support.
The "Disabled Persons and Rehabilitation Plan Program" puts forward the problem of aging of people with disabilities, especially those with intellectual disabilities.
Luo Zhiguang pointed out that the SWD continued to implement a number of measures in this regard, including the addition of speech therapy services in some community support and residential services to improve the speech and swallowing problems of service users due to advanced age or severe disability. The Project" also provides basic medical support for residents of subsidized residential homes for the disabled.
The Elderly and Rehabilitation Innovation and Technology Application Fund has approved a total of about 380 million yuan so far
In addition, the government launched the "Elderly and Rehabilitation Innovative Technology Application Fund" in December 2018 to subsidize elderly and rehabilitation service units to purchase or rent and test technology products to help improve the quality of life of service users and relieve nursing staff and care. The burden and pressure of the user.
So far, the fund has approved a total of about 380 million yuan to subsidize about 1,300 elderly and rehabilitation service units to purchase or lease a total of 9,600 technology products.
The budget for recurrent expenditures on rehabilitation social services is approximately 10.71 billion, an increase of 66% from 4 years ago
Luo Zhiguang said that in 2021-22, the budget for recurrent expenditure on rehabilitation and medical social services is about 10.71 billion yuan, an increase of 66% from the 6.45 billion yuan four years ago.
He also took stock of major measures to strengthen community support for people with disabilities and their carers, including: strengthening the rehabilitation training services of district support centers for people with disabilities in 2019-20, and increasing the number of centers from the current 16 in 2021-22 Gradually increase to 21; from 2018-19 to 2019-20, increase parent/relative resource centers from six to the current 19; and set up exclusive ethnic minority units in five of them; in 2019-20, there will be Increase the number of support centers for the autistic people from three to five, and strengthen the manpower of the original centers.
Strengthen the community support function of 17 social and recreational centers for people with disabilities
In addition, the government will provide home care services for an additional 1,800 people with disabilities living in the community from 2019-20 to 2020-21, and improve transportation support for care services, and expand the home care services for severely disabled people in early 2020 And disabled persons with moderate disabilities/care needs; additional resources will be allocated from November 2020 to strengthen the function of community support (especially support for carers) of the 17 social and recreational centres for persons with disabilities in Hong Kong. Qualified private residential care homes for the disabled purchase 45 designated respite places.
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