Our Special Needs clients come from a wide variety of Jewish backgrounds and family situations. Their challenges are physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, or developmental. Many have parents who are absent due to death, divorce, deployment or incarceration, or parents who may be struggling to cope with illness, disability, or financial setbacks. Some of them are new immigrants. And some come from dependent, at-risk families who struggle to provide the necessary care and stability to meet their children’s needs. For all children, JCRS funding plans are formulated on the totality of their needs, their opportunities, and their resources.
When a JCRS subsidy is granted, payments are typically issued directly to schools and service providers every month. During this period, progress reports to the JCRS are required no less than once per quarter. At its discretion, the JCRS may seek further diagnostic assessments of the Special Needs child. The Special Needs Case Manager monitors each child’s progress, addresses emerging problems, and provides ongoing support.
Special Needs subsidies are granted for up to one year and can be renewed on a case-by-case basis. Family financial data (including current tax return) must be updated annually. There is no limit on the length of time that a Special Needs child may receive subsidies from the JCRS; however, once the individual attains young adulthood (usually age 18), s/he may be eligible for a JCRS subsidy for independent life skills training, vocational training, or college.
There is no limit on the number of children within a family who may receive JCRS subsidies.