The Summit Institute, established in 1973, is currently reaching approximately 1,200 of Israel's most disadvantaged children and young adults through the following three primary frameworks:
• Community-Modeled Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program
In four separate Jerusalem-based venues, 255 adolescents and young adults ages 18-35, attempt to recover and heal. These young people are struggling with a wide range of paralyzing emotional conditions and mental illnesses. By choosing treatment through the Summit Institute they seek the type of intensive residential framework that promises to re-establish their chances to reassert themselves in their lives as competent healthy adults. Patients are determined to be eligible for Summit's services by Israel's National Insurance Institute and – in the case of IDF soldiers suffering from various post-military traumas -- by the Israeli Ministry of Defense. Through two therapeutic live-in communities, a protected independent living community, and a supported employment program, these young people are afforded the opportunity to relearn the basic skills required for successful independent living in a supported setting, wholly attentive to their individual needs.
•The"Mahut" Center for Parents of Adolescents
Recognizing that a functioning family environment is one of the most powerful instruments for dealing with adolescents in crisis, the Jerusalem Municipality, along with the Israeli National Insurance Institute, approached Summit with a particular request: that it establish a treatment center intended specifically for parents of Jerusalem's highly at-risk adolescent population. Believing that concerted professional work with the parents of adolescents in crisis serves to empower them to more effectively engage with their children, the program was launched with the aim of positioning parents to confront crisis. Drawing on the confidence enabled by professional guidance and backing, parents are given the type of concerted support that ultimately can help them rehabilitate damaged familial relationships to the benefit of the parents, their children, and society at large. The Center provides close regular counseling to 100 Jerusalem parents of at-risk adolescents, helping to prevent the break-down of the family and the inevitable downward spiral of their troubled adolescents.
• A Rehabilitative Family-Based Residential Foster Care Program
This program mobilizes over 600 families throughout Israel's Jerusalem and Southern regions to provide immediate crisis and long-term family-based care for over 850 of Israel's most vulnerable children. The service addresses the needs of children who have been abandoned, neglected, and abused, as well as instances in which even the most caring and concerned parents find themselves unable to care for their children. Seeking to avoid the institutionalization of children removed from their homes. The program offers long-term family-based care as well as short-term crisis intervention, where necessary for children from infancy through age 18 – and through age 21 in certain instances of special needs individuals -- removed from their homes either by court order, or by consent. Summit identifies, trains, and provides close counseling and support to foster families, while closely tracking the children's progress and addressing their most basic welfare needs for the duration of their time with the foster family. Averaging 3.5 years, a stay with an alternative family can at times extend from infancy through adolescence – and sometimes extends into young adulthood independent of Summit. Working in close cooperation with Israel's Ministry of Welfare, the Institute is entrusted with finding compatible host families for children outside of their homes, and facilitating access to psychological treatment, medical treatment, educational and scholastic tutoring and recreational activities, as per the tailored work plan of each child, constructed by the Summit case manager. Summit's children represent a broad range of children in Israel – from secular to ultra-Orthodox, Arab, Bedouin, and even African refugees – as well as special needs children who suffer from mental retardation and a host of other disabilities.
• Rehabilitative Sports Center The Rehabilitative Sports Center was initiated by the Summit Institute in light of an apparent deficiency observed in their rehabilitative process. A framework taking the mind-body connection into account was needed; one which encourages physical fitness on a routine basis and takes the rehabilitative process into account.