ERIC Number: ED329022
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
A Community Approach to an Integrated Service System: A Digest.
This digest summarizes the underlying structure, concepts, and ideology of the Project NEXUS manual, "A Community Approach to an Integrated Service System" (CAISS). Project NEXUS is a 3-year project charged with the development and field-testing of a technical assistance manual to aid communities in the development and/or improvement of service delivery to children with disabilities and chronic illnesses, from brith to 3 years of age, and their families. The philosophy of Project NEXUS is that a community, working together, has the responsibility and the resources to provide such services, and by doing so the entire community benefits. Section I discusses systems in the context of a family-community systems model, encompassing family, community, service delivery system, and legislation. Section II describes how to foster an alliance of service providers, parents, citizens-at-large, and advocates through the development of a CAISS committee. Section III focuses on possible actions the committee might take to deal with the community's needs. The digest is not intended for implementation purposes; persons wishing to implement the process should refer to the manual in its entirety. (JDD)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Committees, Community Action, Community Development, Community Resources, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Diseases, Early Childhood Education, Family Programs, Integrated Activities, Models, Program Implementation, Social Services, Systems Approach, Technical Assistance
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Dept. of Special Education.; Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Bureau of Child Research.