After a long gestation, the psychologist bonus is finally ready to start, the contribution of up to 600 euros provided by the Government (which has allocated only 10 million so far) to help people “in conditions of depression, anxiety, stress and psychological fragility, to cause of the pandemic emergency and the consequent socio-economic crisis “. After the Mef-Salute decree, with the first indications, the INPS circular also arrived with the methods for submitting the application that can be done through the online platform in the process of imminent activation or by contacting the Institute by telephone at the appropriate call center.
The procedures for submitting the application
To explain in detail all the ways to access this voucher up to 600 euros with which Italians stressed by two heavy years of pandemic will be able to pay for psychotherapy sessions is precisely the INPS circular which explains how “the application to access the benefit it can only be presented electronically by accessing the “Contribution for psychotherapy sessions” service ». More in detail, there are two possible options: the first through the web portal, using the appropriate online service accessible on the Institute’s website www.inps.it directly by the citizen through Spid of level 2 or higher, or, by means of a electronic identity 3.0 or through the National Service Card. The second option is through the integrated Contact Center, by contacting the toll-free number 803.164 (free of charge from a landline) or the number 06 164.164 (from a paid mobile network, based on the rate applied by the various operators).
The income requirements to obtain the benefit
First of all, INPS reminds that, for the purpose of submitting the application, the applicant citizen must be in possession of a valid ISEE with a value not exceeding 50,000 euros. «In order to support the requests of people with lower income» the rules provide that the amount of the psychologist bonus, «as a support measure linked to the value of the ISEE», will be commensurate with the following ISEE ranges. This is always remembered by the INPS circular: «In the event of an ISEE of less than 15,000 euros, the amount of the benefit, up to 50 euros for each session, is paid up to the maximum amount established at 600 euros for each beneficiary; in the presence of ISEE between 15,000 and 30,000 euros, the amount of the benefit, up to 50 euros for each session, is paid up to the maximum amount established at 400 euros for each beneficiary “. Finally, “in the event of an ISEE exceeding 30,000 and not exceeding 50,000 euros, the amount of the benefit, up to 50 euros for each session, is paid up to the maximum amount of 200 euros for each beneficiary”.
The outcome of the questions and the ranking
INPS will verify the possession of the requirements for access to the contribution in question on the basis of the information available in its archives and that available through the connection to the databases of other public administrations. “At the end of the established period – continues INPS – for the presentation of the applications, the rankings for the assignment of the benefit will be drawn up, divided by Region and Autonomous Province, taking into account the Isee value and, with the same Isee value, of the order of presentation. The completion of the ranking will be communicated with a specific message, published on the institutional website. The outcome of the request will also be notified via SME (an SMS, ed) and / or e-mails to the requesting subjects at the addresses indicated in the application and will be available on the same procedure used for submitting the application, in particular, in the section “Receipts and provisions” ».
How it will be possible to use the contribution
«To each beneficiary – explains INPS – a unique code is communicated, which identifies the assigned contribution and which must be communicated to the professional for each psychotherapy session. The professional, in a specific section – continues the circular – must indicate the unique code, when booking or confirming the psychotherapy session, together with the tax code of the beneficiary. The disbursement of the amount due, in the maximum amount of 50 euros per session, will be paid directly to the professional in the manner indicated by it “. The beneficiary will have 180 days, starting from the date of publication of the message communicating the completion of the ranking, to take advantage of the bonus in question and psychotherapy sessions using the unique code.
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