The information in this section arises from Ministerial Order no. 85-A/2020, which applies to institutions that have entered into cooperation agreements with the Social Security Administration for the provision of social services, under Ministerial Order no. 196-A/2015, of 1 July, as amended by Ministerial Order no. 218-D/2019, of 15 July, as well as to non-governmental organisations for people with disabilities (“ONGPDs”), as foreseen in Decree-Law no. 106/2013, of 30 July.

 

Is there any support for day centres that have had to start providing home care services?

In situations where day centres have to start providing home care services, the amount of the Social Security Administration’s co-payment will be increased by the amount corresponding to the difference between the contribution paid for a day centre’s services and that paid for home care services, up to a maximum limit of services provided at 100%.

The effective need for home care services, as well as the services strictly required to ensure the continuity of care, namely relating to hygiene and meals, must be technically evaluated by the institutions.
The institutions must also guarantee the same support to users of their Occupational Activity Centres who live with relatives that cannot provide them with the necessary support. In these cases, the amount of the co-payment remains the same.

 

What are the measures on family co-payments?

For the purposes of calculating the amount of the family co-payment, organisations must revaluate the basis for the calculation of the family co-payment taking into account any changes in the circumstances which determined the amount of the respective co-payment, namely the family’s income by reference to the previous month. 

 

Is there any change in the amount of the co-payments due under cooperation agreements?

The exceptional increase of the amounts paid by the Social Security Administration under cooperation agreements for social services (elderly residential homes, day-care centres and home support services for the elderly and disabled people) signed with social sector entities, fixed at 2%, has been extended until 30 June 2021.

 

Can we request a deferral of payments to the Solidarity Sector Restructuring Fund (“FRSS”)?

The beneficiary entity is exempt from applying to the management board of the Solidarity Sector Restructuring Fund for an extension of the exceptional deadline for reimbursement. The reimbursements due in the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2021, under the scope of the financial support reimbursement agreement in force, will be automatically postponed for one year, without prejudice to the reimbursements that may continue to be paid.

 

Is there any form of funding specifically established for social sector institutions?

The Covid-19 credit line for the social sector has been extended until 30 June 2021.

For more information, see here .

 

What is the exceptional regime increasing the monthly grants of the CEI/CEI+ and who benefits from this increase?

This is an extraordinary measure to increase the monthly grants paid under Employment Integration Contracts and Employment Integration Contracts Plus (CEI/CEI+) in projects integrated in healthcare or social support activities. The measure is entirely backed by the IEFP and is directed at those participating in the CEI/CEI+ measures. In practice, 0.8 of the IAS value is added to the monthly grant paid to those receiving unemployment benefits, thus increasing their grant to €438.80 euros (which is added to the unemployment benefit received). Regarding the unemployed not receiving benefits, the increase is 0.5 of the IAS, resulting in a monthly grant of €658.20.

This regime shall remain in force until 30 June 2021.

 

What is the Adaptar Social+ / Reativação e Reforço Programme?
The Adaptar Social+  Programme has been reactivated and reinforced with the aim of supporting the purchase of personal protective equipment adapted to the needs of the elderly and disabled people, in the context of the social services provided in residential homes and day-care centres. Expenses incurred until 31 December 2021 will be eligible.
Requests for this support may be submitted through a specific form made available by the Social Security Administration (here), within 120 days from the publication of the relevant piece of legislation (until the end of July 2021).

For more information, see here.

 

 

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This information is being updated on a regular basis.

All information contained herein and all opinions expressed are of a general nature and are not intended to substitute recourse to expert legal advice for the resolution of real cases.