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- Training Subsidy Programme for Children on the Waiting List of Subvented Pre-school Rehabilitation Services


Training Subsidy Programme for Children on the Waiting List of Subvented Pre-school Rehabilitation Services

Background and Objective
Target Beneficiaries
Levels of Subsidy and Services
Means Test
Application Procedures
Vetting of Applications
Responsibilities of Parents/ Guardians
Payment of Subsidy for Services
Application Status on Central Referral System for Rehabilitation Services
Enquiries
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Background and Objective

The Community Care Fund (CCF) launched a training subsidy programme (CCF Programme) in December 2011 to provide training subsidy for eligible children waitlisting for subvented pre-school rehabilitation services, i.e. Early Education and Training Centre, Integrated Programme for Disabled Children in Kindergarten -cum-Child Care Centre, Special Child Care Centre, Residential Special Child Care Centre services, for acquiring self-financing services run by Recognised Service Providers (RSPs)  with a view to enabling children from low-income families and in need of rehabilitation services to receive necessary services as soon as possible so as to facilitate their learning and development while waiting for subvented services.  In view of the positive evaluation outcome of the CCF Programme, SWD has regularised the CCF Programme with effect from 1 October 2014.  SWD now invites eligible children to submit applications for the regularised “Training Subsidy Programme for Children on the Waiting List of Subvented Pre-school Rehabilitation Services”.

Target Beneficiaries

A beneficiary shall meet ALL of the following criteria:

a)

The applicant child must be under the age of six years and is on the waiting list for subvented pre-school rehabilitation service under Central Referral System for Rehabilitation Services Subsystem for Disabled Pre-schoolers (CRSRehab-PS); and

b) The applicant child is not receiving services of the Pilot Scheme on On-site Pre-school Rehabilitation Services; and
c)

The monthly household income does not exceed 75% of the Median Monthly Domestic Household Income (MMDHI) applicable to the applicant's household size at the time of application.

 

Levels of Subsidy and Services

There will be two subsidy levels for beneficiaries having different levels of disabilities:

a)

Maximum subsidy level of $2,763 per month for each beneficiary waitlisting for Early Education and Training Centre (EETC) or Integrated Programme for Disabled Children in Kindergarten–cum–Child Care Centre (IP) to receive:

  i.

four sessions of individual or group training/ therapy services in three hours per month provided by special child care worker(s), psychologist(s), occupational therapist(s), physiotherapist(s) or speech therapist(s) (including parallel groups with participation of parent(s)/ guardian(s)/ carer(s) at the same time) ; and

  ii.

four sessions (each session of 45 minutes) of individual assessment and/or family support services provided by psychologist(s), occupational therapist(s), physiotherapist(s), speech therapist(s) or registered social worker(s) in a year, e.g. one session per quarter.

b)

Maximum subsidy level of $5,995 per month for each beneficiary waitlisting for Special Child Care Centre (SCCC) or Residential Special Child Care Centre (RSCCC) to receive:

  i.

Six sessions of individual or group training/ therapy services in six hours per month provided by special child care worker(s), psychologist(s), occupational therapist(s), physiotherapist(s) or speech therapist(s) (including parallel groups with participation of parent(s)/ guardian(s)/ carer(s) at the same time) with at least 18 hours of training/ therapy services from occupational therapist(s), physiotherapist(s) or speech therapist(s) in six months; and

  ii.

four sessions (each session of 45 minutes) of individual assessment and/or family support services provided by psychologist(s), occupational therapist(s), physiotherapist(s), speech therapist(s) or registered social worker(s) in a year, e.g. one session per quarter.

The type of services an eligible child receives will be arranged according to the assessment proposed by the RSP with the consent of his/ her parent/ guardian.

Means Test

Means test will be conducted by SWD to assess the household income of the applicant to determine his/ her eligibility.  The monthly household income of the child’s family should not exceed the income limit (i.e. 75% of the MMDHI applicable to the applicant's household size) at the time of application based on the General Household Survey published by the Census and Statistics Department.

The child’s family includes father, mother, brother or sister living together with the child concerned in Hong Kong (including legally recognised adoptive parents/ children and illegitimate children with proof of parentage).

The monthly household income refers to the average monthly income for the three months preceding the date of submission of application and includes (for income not paid on a monthly basis, e.g. double pay and bonus etc., it should be spread over the period concerned for calculation):

a.

Earnings from employment: salary, double pay/ leave pay, job allowance, bonus/ commission/ tips, income from rendering services and profits from business, etc.

b.

Other income: contribution from children and relatives/ friends, alimony, monthly pension/ widow’s and children’s compensation, profits from investment, interests from fixed deposits, stocks and shares, rental income, etc.

Income excludes employee’s mandatory contribution to the Mandatory Provident Fund Scheme, financial assistance provided by the Government, charitable donations and financial assistance from assistance programmes of CCF.

Application Procedures

SWD will issue letters to parent(s)/ guardian(s) of children on the waiting list for subvented pre-school rehabilitation services to invite eligible children to apply for the Training Subsidy Programme.  Parents/ guardians of the children concerned are required to submit the completed application forms together with a copy of the following documents by post or by hand to Rehabilitation and Medical Social Services Branch of SWD:

icon the child’s birth certificate/ identification document;
icon identification document of the parent or guardian (not required to submit the document if the person concerned is a SWD social worker;) and
icon a copy of Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Recipients (for Medical Fee Waivers) (if applicable).

Parent(s)/ guardian(s) have to choose three service units operated by Recognised Service Providers in order of priority for the child concerned in the application.  SWD will, as far as possible, arrange an RSP for an eligible child according to the preference of the parent(s)/ guardian(s) taking into consideration the actual service quota available.  The child should continue to receive services from the same service unit so as to receive progressive and continuous training under a stable learning environment.  Under special circumstances, such as the child’s change of residence, necessitating a change of the RSP, the parent(s)/ guardian(s) must apply to SWD via the existing RSP.

When no suitable vacancy providing comprehensive services at a higher subsidy level is available, children eligible for a higher level of subsidy may choose to receive services from an RSP providing services at a lower subsidy level but the maximum subsidy provided will be capped at the lower level.  When a vacancy becomes available, the parent(s)/ guardian(s) of the child concerned may opt to continue with the existing services or to transfer to another RSP offering services at a higher subsidy level for more comprehensive support.

   

Vetting of Applications

In making application, the parent/ guardian has to provide information on their family income in the application form but submission of relevant income proofs is not required.  SWD will conduct random checks in the course of processing the application or after arranging relevant services, and the parent/ guardian of the child concerned must provide detailed income information and any other relevant documents for verification.

Responsibilities of Parents/ Guardians

Information provided by parents/ guardians in the applications for their children must be true, correct and complete.  In case of any change of the relevant information, they should report the change to SWD as soon as possible.  If overpayment is certified by SWD, the parents/ guardians concerned should refund the overpaid amount/ pay the fees charged for the overused services.

 

Payment of Subsidy for Services

The training subsidy will not be released to the parent(s)/ guardian(s) directly, but to the RSPs.  Any unused subsidy cannot be carried forward but the RSP has to arrange compensatory session(s) not later than three months from the date of leave/ absence/ lateness or before the child’s discharge from the Training Subsidy Programme, whichever is the earlier.  In case a beneficiary is absent without leave application, no compensatory session will be arranged.  For beneficiaries who had been absent without leave application for three consecutive sessions or when the compensatory sessions were accumulated to over four sessions at any one time, their eligibility for subsidy will be suspended.

Application Status on Central Referral System for Rehabilitation Services

Children joining the Training Subsidy Programme will continue to remain on the waiting list of the CRSRehab-PS.  When they accept the offer of placement under CRSRehab-PS or receive services of the Pilot Scheme on On-site Pre-school Rehabilitation Services, they will no longer be eligible for subsidy under the Training Subsidy Programme.  If the beneficiaries decide to decline the offer of placement under CRSRehab-PS and that they are not receiving services of the Pilot Scheme on On-site Pre-school Rehabilitation Services, they may continue to receive subsidy under the Training Subsidy Programme until the 1st September after they have attained the age of 6 or their admission to primary school, whichever is the earlier.  When they decline the offer of placement under CRSRehab-PS, their applications will then be removed from the waiting list of CRSRehab-PS, except for applicants of transitional EETC placements who may remain on the waiting list for SCCC or RSCCC upon declining the offer for transitional EETC.

Enquiries

Rehabilitation and Medical Social Services Branch
Social Welfare Department
Address 9/F, Wu Chung House
213 Queen’s Road East
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel. No. : 2892 5573
Fax No. : 2119 9035
Email : arm2@swd.gov.hk
Office Hours : Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm
(Lunch break from 1 pm to 2 pm)
SWD Website : www.swd.gov.hk

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Brief on the Training Subsidy Programme
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Application Form for the Training Subsidy Programme
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List of the Recognised Service Providers under the Training Subsidy Programme (Higher Level Subsidy)
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List of the Recognised Service Providers under the Training Subsidy Programme (Normal Level Subsidy)
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