Ma'agalim Center is an authorized service center for sex offenders and its aim is to prevent repeated sexual assault and dangerous sexual behavior as well as reducing the level of risk posed by sex offenders to perform sexual abuse.
There center has a number of rehabilitation units:
- Hostel a closed unit operating around the clock and providing an inclusive care for patients with medium to high threat level, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including weekends and holidays. The treatment duration is about a year.
- Day care center for patients with medium threat level. The day care center includes: stage I morning till afternoon, five days a week, from 8am to 4pm, no Fridays and Saturdays, including holiday eves except Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah and Passover Eve. This stage takes one year. Stage II three times a week in the
afternoons between 5pm and 8pm. The participants of this program attend their work places during the day. This unit accepts patients that are making progress in the morning program and is intended to encourage a gradual integration in the community combined with employment. The unit can also directly accept patients
whose level of dangerousness and general needs make them eligible for the afternoon program. This stage takes six months.
- Target treatment groups operating on different levels of intensity (twice or once a week) for patients with medium to low dangerousness levels, for a year.
- Monitoring groups for patients who passed all stages in each care unit and are in need of further support and guidance, for another year, if necessary.
- Psychiatric support and medication treatment to reduce sex drive.
The target population:
- Adult sexual offenders of over 18 years of age subjected to probation or supervision, with above low level of dangerousness, under probation order, and subjected by judicial decision to treatment for at least one year.
- Adult sexual offenders of over 18 years of age with above low level of dangerousness having served prison time and released by judicial decision made by a parole board or a supervision order and subjected to treatment for at least one year.
- Adult sexual abusers of over 18 years of age that applied by themselves or reported by public body or local authority as suspected or accused of sexual abuse (no more than 20% in any rehabilitation unit based on availability only).
The rehabilitation prevention/dedicated care program and the sex offender's integration into the program will be based on the evaluation of the dangerousness level of the patient, the recommendation of the professional body, and being the plan possible to implement, as well as the offender's consent and the court's decision.
Recognition of dangerous sexual behavior.
Motivation for treatment.
No signs of active drugs/alcohol addiction.
Normal verbal fluency.
Basic literacy skills.
What does the treatment program involve?
- Providing community rehabilitation treatment, including cognitive and behavioral dedicated therapy, individually or in groups, separately or together with other treatments.
- Acquiring skills and normative behavior essential to deal with aggressive and sexual impulses.
- Developing interpersonal communication skills for better integration in a community/family.
- Creating alternatives for independent living in a community.
How to apply?
The referral is made by the professional representatives of the following bodies:
Adult Probation Department
Prisoner Rehabilitation Authority