The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development has established executive regulations for the Kingdom’s rehabilitation centers for people with disabilities,
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These executive rules provide an opportunity for those interested in investing in the care of people with disabilities, and to achieve the required quality in operating these licensed centers and to ensure they provide services at the desired level under close supervision by the ministry.
Moreover, because the operation of such centers depends on the qualifications of owners, the executive rules stipulate that owners should handle the general supervision of centers.
The rules also take into account the traditional and social customs of communities, stipulating that if a center is established to welcome males and females, then it must provide its services to men separately from women, providing a competent, suitable workforce for each gender and for all ages.
For the sake of providing a better service, the rules set out specific conditions that must be met by a person with a disability to be admitted to these centers, the most important of which is to be free from any communicable or infectious diseases, incurable epilepsy, or psychological or behavioral disorders that pose a danger to themselves or others, where a medical report has to be issued by a government or private hospital.
The design of the center plays a big role in ensuring the safety of its guests. The center must be in a suitable location and on a public street, and have suitably sized and equipped facilities.
In addition, the law obliges these centers to adhere to safety requirements, as well as providing proper lighting and air-conditioning facilities. Necessary medical supplies must also be available in each center.
Dimah Talal Alsharif is a Saudi legal consultant, head of the health law department at the law firm of Majed Garoub and a member of the International Association of Lawyers.
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