ERIC Number: ED357133
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Service Integration: Challenging Systems To Meet Families' Needs.
This report offers an evaluation of services for families in New York State, finds that system is in chaos, and proposes a 5-year commitment to integrate programs and funding in six agencies. The report finds that billions of federal, state, local, and private dollars are committed annually to support separate service systems with no imperative for the systems to work together. These separate systems have functionally crippled themselves by adding layer after layer of complexity producing a system immobilized by separate bureaucratic requirements. The paper argues that one root of the problem is the more than 200 separate funding streams supporting services for multi-problem families. In addition, the culture within New York State agencies has contributed to agencies not sharing information and resources. The paper goes on to argue for the implementation of community-based integrative service planning, which would result in more productive, effective, and economical service provision. The balance of the document offers further information on and a detailed discussion of the proposed plan of reform, including a discussion of delivery of services, economics and service needs, structural change, models that work, and an action plan. (Contains 18 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Foundation for Child Development, New York, NY.; Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Statewide Youth Advocacy, Inc., Albany, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York