How to Coordinate Services for Students and Families by Larry F. Guthrie

By Larry F. Guthrie

Educators, social-service team of workers, and legislators round the state are knowing that the present, compartmentalized approach of taking care of the non-public crises of kids isn't really operating. prone are usually provided los angeles carte and don't think about all elements adversely affecting the lifetime of a baby. consequently, groups are commencing to motivate social-service businesses and others to go away from conventional kinds of care in an effort to construct collaboratives. The glance of a collaborative differs from one neighborhood to the following, but each one one's objective is identical: to comprehensively support young ones and households via a software of built-in companies. during this ebook, Larry Guthrie explains how you can identify a collaborative on your group. His nine-step plan outlines worthy concerns for buying begun. furthermore, he addresses concerns similar to management of the collaborative, its place, investment, and the way to make sure that it's going to final past the 1st 12 months.

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It may be difficult not to divide clients by problem, and to address families as a whole. Home visits may not be part of the professional experience of staff, and some may be uncomfortable entering the homes of clients. Mitchell and Scott (1994) suggest that staff from case-oriented agencies, such as social services, are accustomed to defining their job status by the number of cases. When the number of cases is reduced, they may feel their status has been diminished. Give your staff adequate support and the training they need.

A NINE-STEP PROGRAM core team of people you believe will devote the time and energy necessary to develop a plan and put it into action. The plan should include how you intend to go from thinking to action. Once you’ve got a planning team together that includes representatives from key agencies, start to sketch out the elements of a plan. Next, chart the action steps. Formulate what the planning committee or task force will do to improve interagency collaboration. It’s a good idea to develop a flowchart or timeline that shows what will be done, who will do it, and when it will be complete.

He didn’t stay involved much longer. 29 HOW TO COORDINATE SERVICES FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES Policy Level First, identify the primary governance and management functions that need to be carried out and who—or what group—can best carry them out. These will vary from one collaboration to another, but there are some basic functions you’ll need to cover. Who, in each agency, has decisionmaking authority to enter into agreements, allocate funds, and hire staff? These top-level administrators—the buck-stoppers—will need to be involved.

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