ERIC Number: ED339769
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Changing Delivery Systems: Addressing the Fragmentation in Children and Youth Services. Ralizing America's Hope.
Palaich, Robert M.; And Others
This document is the print component of the two-hour teleconference "Investing in Our Youth: A Nationwide Committee of the Whole." Produced by South Carolina ETV, the program is aimed at state legislators to help them develop policies and practices for meeting the needs of America's youth. This document is also a part of "Realizing America's Hope," a multivideo and print project sponsored by General Motors, the Lilly Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and the Metropolitan Life Foundation. The current system of fragmented services for youth has reached the limit of its effectiveness. The states are in the best position to design a focused effort to address service delivery needs. A clearly helpful strategy is to design a policy environment fostering an interagency approach. Examples of coordinated services are given for the following states: (1) California; (2) Washington; (3) New Jersey; and (4) Kentucky. Components of effective policy include the following: (1) putting children at the center of policy; (2) forming partnerships between states and communities; (3) proposing integrated comprehensive policies; (4) exploring alternative structures; (5) emphasizing health care and education for families of young children; and (6) discontinuing policies and practices that place children at risk. Meeting the needs of children requires changing the ways that society thinks about delivering services. A 17-item list of related readings is given, and the video and print components of "Realizing America's Hope" are listed. (SLD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.; National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.