ERIC Number: ED364650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
School-Linked Service Integration in Action: Lessons Drawn from Seven California Communities.
Carreon, Victoria; Jameson, Wendy J.
State and county initiatives in California have sparked a movement for integration of social services. The practical lessons learned by communities integrating services for children and families were studied and are presented in this report. The study draws on the experiences of seven California communities (Fresno County, Los Angeles County, Oakland, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, San Francisco, and Watsonville). Findings are presented under the following broad headings: (1) progress on changes in service delivery versus systems change; (2) ramifications of Healthy Start, a state grant initiative that encourages school-linked services; (3) approaches to governance; (4) challenges to the process of collaboration; (5) strategies to increase parent involvement; and (6) factors that will promote sustainability. Eighteen professionals from the seven communities provided report information. Overall, the sites have made marked progress toward service integration. Although they have made progress in changing the delivery of services, the communities have generally been thwarted in making system changes. The Healthy Start initiative has provided essential leadership and funds, but has brought some barriers of its own to local initiatives. Three appendixes contain a description of the sites, a list of participants, and the interview questions. (SLD)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Childhood Needs, Community Programs, Delivery Systems, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Programs, Federal Aid, Financial Support, Integrated Activities, Minority Groups, Organizational Change, Parent Participation, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, School Role, Social Services, State Programs
California Research Institute, Attn: School Linked Services Report, 14 Tapia, San Francisco, CA 94132 ($5).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: CityMatCH, Omaha, NE.
Identifiers: California; School Linked Services; Service Delivery Assessment