The official opening of the Taman Jurong Social Service Office (SSO) on Tuesday (15 Dec) marks Singapore’s 24th SSO, and the completion of the social services network.
The network, which also includes 43 family service centres (FSCs), means 95% of needy residents can have access to assistance within 2km of where they live or work.
SSOs will integrate their locations with FSCs, like Taman Jurong and Kreta Ayer, so that different social services will be more accessible to the needy. This is one of the ways that SSOs will continue to evolve even after the network is complete.
Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and MP for Jurong GRC Tharman Shanmugaratnam, and Minister of Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin officiated the event on Tuesday.
DPM Tharman said that there have been efforts to integrate the systems of healthcare and social services so that when a resident on schemes such as Public Assistance visits the hospitals, the hospitals would know to check Medifund and other financial assistance schemes to pay for the patient's healthcare.
"If they already are on assistance from the SSO, we want to make sure they won't have to go through a whole new round of evaluation or means testing," said DPM Tharman.
How else can we ensure that help is easily accessible to those in need? Share your thoughts with us here!Source: “Island's social services network is complete” (Straits Times, 16 December 2015)