ERIC Number: ED453492
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Mar-12
Integrating Human Services: Policymakers' Forum with Gary Weeks at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, Albany, New York.
All states have systems for mental health, public health, substance abuse, and child and adult welfare that have been in existence for many years. Treating clients across these areas is often prevented by the fact that each agency acts independently. As a result of the compartmentalization of community services, many clients fail to get the help they need. This address describes a program begun at the Oregon Department of Human Resources that involved the coordinated assessment of the needs of the client. The aim was to deliver multiple services and programs in a coordinated way. With this approach responsibility for accountability is shared between the program and the services. Four pilot programs are described that provide a systems theory of integrated services to deal with various problems within a family. The programs aim to build partnerships with other providers such as nonprofit faith-based organizations, housing agencies, and transportation services. The work of the Casey Strategic Consulting Group is described as a resource for communities to receive help to restructure and make deep, sustainable system changes. (JDM)
Descriptors: Community Coordination, Community Programs, Human Services, Mental Health, Program Development, Public Health, Public Policy, Systems Approach
Rockefeller Institute of Government, State Univ. of NY, 411 State Street, Albany, NY 12203-1003. Tel: 518-443-5522; Fax: 518-443-6788; Web site: http://www.rockinst.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany. Nelson A. Rockefeller Inst. of Government.