Intro to Human Services Essay

1288 Words Dec 13th, 2010 6 Pages
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Describe human services from the early 1900s to the present day.

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Throughout History Human Services made a big impact and a difference in our society as we know it today. Through the sociological era in the 1900's many were faced with challenges such as financial support for the poor and no support or guidance for the children, developmentally disabled and the mentally ill. Human Services make positive and lasting differences in peoples' lives, and they help improve the world.
The early 1900's, sometimes called the sociological era, continued the period of social reform. During this time there were two significant events that affected the history of helping and human services. The first was the development of a new profession
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Prior to Deinstitutionalization children, and developmental disabled were left in institutions with no goal or anything established for these individuals. There was no interaction with these individuals which fostered there abilitities in what we take for granted such activities of daily living. By the 1970's, a major segment of mental health treatment had shifted from isolation of the institution to the complex 4 environment of the community for outpatient care.(Woodside, T.R, & McClam,T. pg.47).During the 1970's the number of clients served by the mental health system increased dramatically. Human service providers could then provide some guidance to these individuals that needed it. During this same period there were two organizations that were also established that was the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) and the Council for Standards in the Human Service Education (CSHSE), these organizations are still around today.
In 1978 Jimmy Carter established the Department of Health and Human Services. The economy collapsed in the 1980's with a rapid decline in industrial employment, a whole new class of "working poor" was created. In 1990, Vice President George Bush, Sr passed one of the most significant Acts, this was the Americans with Disabilities Act.(ADA) This enabled people with disabilities to enter the workforce without discrimination. President Clinton expressed a

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