Human Services Programs: Commonalities and Successes Paper
February 11, 2015
Dr. Christa Banton
Human Services Programs: Commonalities and Successes
Human services organizations are unique organizations that are different than any other in the general business world. According to Lewis and Packard (2012), human services organizations work together toward a common goal. Human services professionals work together in different settings and many ways to assist clients improve their lives. This shared vision brings other challenges that need to be dealt in partnership with other professionals. There are common denominators between agencies ...view middle of the document...
These trends have been contributors to the changes that have been happening in the field of human services. Political trends for example, the “devolution revolution” back in the close of the Twentieth Century (Cooke, Reid, & Edwards, 1997) shifted responsibilities from the federal government to the state and local government. It led to privatization that increased cost. This trend in the political sector put accountability in the human services deliveries (Osborne & Gaebler, 1992) by questioning the War on Poverty and other social programs. Politics have an impact on human services programs because their own existence depends on their ability to respond to political changes and the well-being of clients (Lewis & Packard, 2012). The economic trends function domestically and globally; this puts human services on the need to become more creative in making human services deliveries more efficient. The increasing in globalization of the economy is a benefit to the wealthy but puts a stress on the workers here in the United States. Good paying jobs have been eliminated in favor to paying lower wages to workers (Lewis & Packard, 2012). The great recession that began in 2007 put great stress on the human services sectors. This recession caused homelessness, unemployment, and poverty. As a consequence of the recession an increase on mental health problems occurred and a greater need for human services was needed (Lewis & Packard, 2012). Social trends also impact social services deliveries. As part of the social trends cultural diversity is rapidly impacting demographics in the United States (Lewis & Packard, 2012) . According to Kotkin, 2010, p.1, demographics have changed significantly making racial minorities particularly Asians and Hispanics be the net population in America. “By the middle of the 21st century, America will have no clear majority race” (Kotkin, 2010, p. 1). Mental health organizations are playing a crucial role in serving a vast variety of immigrant s coming from undeveloped countries. Human services deliveries need to be inclusive, culture competent, and diligent to make sure that programs adapt to the client’s needs. On the other hand technological trends also play a significant role in human services deliveries. Taylor &...