ERIC Number: ED200680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Ethnicity and Social Services: Some Policy Perspectives.
Rosenberg, Marvin L.
Growing recognition by government that social services cannot be for the poor alone has led to a series of laws appropriating Federal funds for services to different categories of clients. The rapid expansion in public spending, however, has created a fragmented system marked by lack of coordination among its components. The impersonality of this system has negative effects for Americans of eastern and southern European background, especially those of the working class. Various studies have shown the importance of supporting ethnic diversity in the provision of social services. One example of this is the staffing of nursing homes by individuals who speak the lanquages of elderly patients of different ethnic groups. The British personal service system demonstrates that a service system can both be essentially public and remain sensitive to cultural, ethnic, religious, and neighborhood differences. Three policies that would lead to more effective services for all Americans follow: (1) Every neighborhood should have at least one highly visible office staffed by professionals sensitive to the local population. (2) Social services should receive higher priority in planning and budget allocation. (3) Public and voluntary agencies must integrate their professional services with those provided by family members. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Note: Not available separately; see UD 021 324. Paper presented at a consultation sponsored by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Chicago, IL, December 3, 1979).