Integration and Generic Approach to Human Services
The field of Human Services is broadly defined, uniquely approaching the objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining commitment to improving the overall quality of life to service populations. The Human service profession is one which promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but also by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability, and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery.
In the last decade, greater coordination and integration of human service programs have been addressed through legislation, local innovations made possible by radical changes in welfare administration, and pilot studies taken with private foundation support, often with gains being small in scale and out of reach. Implementation and sustainability claims are attributed to “politics” or “personality conflicts” with administration, but researchers search more systematic causes focusing on organizations, technology, or resources. One way to understand systematic impediments to integration is to analyze work context of the front line. This can be hard to do in the human service industry where the “raw materials’ are human beings. This type of setting requires formalized rules and regulations, but generally can be negotiated depending on the case scenario. Dramatic differences and shared beliefs between agencies leave negative and little reason for improving upon communicating effectively and referral recommendations. Thus in turn affects service provisions. Many communities have approaches to fostering health service integration. Communities are looking are looking at how to partner a mix of...