Discussion: Integrated Services

Complex cases often involve clients with multiple needs that must be met through various systems and programs. These types of cases require comprehensive plans to support clients through integrated services and interprofessional collaboration. For this Discussion, review the media program “Barbara—The Human Services Professional: Chapter 5,” which presents a family with many needs. Consider how you might plan integrated services for this family. Then, review the video clip in the Weekly Resources,“Split: A Film for Kids of Divorce (and their Parents)” which brings the children into the spotlight, their needs and possible auxiliary professionals that this family will need. While watching this video pay attention to the various kinds of services you think children of divorcing parents might need.

With these thoughts in mind:

By Day 4

Post an explanation of why integrated services and interprofessional collaboration are important for the clients in the media presentations. Then, explain your action plan to integrate services for these clients. Be sure to identify the professionals and/or organizations within the planned network of integrated services, as well as their specific function.

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· Chapter 10, “Case Management/Counseling” (pp. 358–400)

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Horwath, J., & Morrison, T. (2007). Collaboration, integration and change in children’s services: Critical issues and key ingredients. Child Abuse & Neglect, 31(1), 55–69.

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Friedman, S. R., Reynolds. J., Quan, M. A., Call, S., Crusto, C. A., & Kaufman, J. S. (2007). Measuring changes in interagency collaboration: An examination of the Bridgeport Safe Start Initiative. Evaluation and Program Planning, 30(3), 294–306

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