LaTasha Whitley: Will the revolving door stop spinning?

Seeking professional assistance is not always an easy feat.  At times, it’s a last resort when you have exhausted all other options and are in need of immediate aid.  But, there are times when preventive service agencies may lack the resources that are necessary to provide ongoing relief to clients.  I have witnessed clients with a multitude of different needs being shuffled back and forth through various systems, because they don’t meet the long list of requirements to qualify for help.  They are cast away due to their income, citizenship status, lack of qualifying dependents, and numerous other factors.  It seems as if there is a push to keep them reliant on the systems that are supposed to be put in place to help them become more self-sufficient.  How can we overcome this revolving door issue that seems to impact so many people on a regular basis?

Many general preventive programs have transitioned to using various evidence-based practice models to improve outcomes for their clients.  Evidence-based practice combines well-researched interventions with clinical experience and ethics to guide and inform the delivery of treatments and services.  This has resulted in a push to eliminate those cases that are deemed as inappropriate for these kinds of more intensive models and link clients to other community resources for assistance.

But, I can’t help but wonder whether evidence-based practice models actually work. Do clients welcome the change of having to meet with their social worker on a weekly basis versus two times per month?  Does the additional intensity and scrutiny help or hinder the change process?  Most importantly, is this the answer to what seems to be the perpetual question: will the revolving door finally stop spinning?

What are your thoughts and experiences?  I’d love to hear them.  Please share your comments below.  

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