Community Engagement Initiative

Community Is Many Things

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We aspire to create our programs from an Environment of Excellence, that guarantees certain very high standards of service and consumer satisfaction with regard to the Social Services Community. Because we are at the forefront of the latest science and innovative solutions and are leaders in the field, we are doing all this from a Leadership Context.

Social Services are undergoing a revolution right now. The old model was based on the reification of linear systems and its vulnerabilities to catastrophic disruption in the face of health concerns (global pandemic) and social changes have rendered it increasingly controversial. (for more discussion, click here)

New models, based on Complex Adaptive Systems, are dynamic and fluid -far more stable in the face of societal disruptors and capable of learning, growing and evolving according to environmental change. They are organic and collective, built from the ground up and designed for and by their membership constituency. The revolutionary new Social Services are defined by Community because the are Community.

Private Client Initiative

Radical yet Beneficial

As has been noted previously (for instance; here, here, and here), the great majority of our funding comes from monolithic legacy sources and the bulk of this is based on social inequality, disability, and financial need from the client-facing side.

In other words, if you are living with issues related to mental health, substance use/abuse, or social welfare, and you are not impoverished or disabled, there is no easy entry into our agency’s system of help and recovery. The federally mandated policy seems to be that if you have the means you must seek private assistance elsewhere.

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There are a number of detrimental conditions resulting from these constraints. Perhaps the greatest is the undignified stigmatizing of our clients’ self-worth via citizen discountery. In all other related policy, it is the purpose of social welfare programs to integrate our population into the mainstream community as much as is feasible in order to provide everyone with the  same opportunities and privileges. Exclusion of services to only the discount citizen is antithetical to this aim. Another drawback is that it restricts our community presence to just certain sectors.

To address this (and other issues) it is recommended that we open our programs up to private clients as well. Though admittedly a radical idea, the projected benefits are many and nothing short of revolutionary. A short list of these follow:

  • Improves our services: study after study shows that mixing low-income populations with middle and higher income populations serves to improve the quality of services for all populations. This is the basis for most integration initiatives although there has been a steady and strong oppositional backlash to this for some time. In our case, it is voluntary and not enforced, so backlash is not an issue.
  • Improves our reputation: the addition of a number of higher income clients will give our services a more well-rounded reputation, including removal of discount stigmatization.
  • Greatly increases our scope: the impact on our SEP recruiting will be enormous (see fee-based, below), and this should apply, via the halo effect, to all of our services (for example, Recovery and Dual Diagnosis).
  • Enhancement of our Presence: our community Presence should be greatly enhanced alongside our Professional and Business network liaison.
  • It diversifies our Portfolio: see Opportunities for Funding post for details on diversification of funding resources.
  • Opens our service-structure to additional revenues in terms of fee-based payment. While keeping the legacy funding structure intact on a needs-based paradigm, we avail ourselves to an entirely new echelon of fee-based service structures. The impact on our Community Engagement Initiatives and especially SEP’s Recruiting Initiative, will be astonishingly effective. Not only will we reach a larger portion of our greater community, but we will be afforded broad opportunities to offer larger diversity in skill-sets, experience, and qualification levels as well as expanded outreach into deeper levels of community participation. These benefits alone will be greatly appreciated by our Business Community Leadership and liaison. There is nothing that prevents the application of hybrid fees (sliding scale) and ‘scholarships’ either. Scholarships, in fact, are a time-honored and very effective community engagement promotional.

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About Our Group

We have been meeting together for many months now in our commitment to the Leadership Context in what we call the Environment of Excellence Program. Our goal is to bring together the finest Community Service Organization possible in the second decade of the 21st Century.

We are forging partnerships within the local Business Community as well as the Community at large. We are also forging networks within the Professional Community that afford us access to better training, higher paid Professionals and more and better facilities and equipment which allows us to  upgrade our program and services.

Projects

Summary

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 Our Social Labs were born of necessity from our commitment to the Leadership Context Initiative via our search for expansive service venues at affordable economies of scale. In addressing these factors, we were led to envision our Labs in forward-thinking ways that fell outside the scope of traditional legacy-type definitions. Our Social Labs quickly became advanced examples of cutting-edge Social Work.

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Critical Reviews in Molecular & Cell Biology 53: 99-114.(2018)

Project 2: Public-Private Partnerships (Business Community Liason)

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Science, 343(6171), 615-616. (2014).

For Labs 2.0 please left-click the 'information' icon which links to the wiki article.

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Critical Reviews in Molecular & Cell Biology 53: 99-114.(2018)

For Labs 2.0 please left-click the 'information' icon which links to the wiki article.

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