Purpose of Human Services Essay

1510 Words Nov 7th, 2011 7 Pages
Nature and Purpose of Human Services

Joanne Bryant


July 25, 2011
Tami Frye

Nature and Purpose of Human Services

The purpose of the human services throughout history has remained basically the same, to help those that cannot help themselves. To varying degrees though the interpretation of the above statement has changed and evolved. The act of helping has taken on many shades of gray, questions of; “Are we helping too much or too little?” have gridlocked political parties and law makers. Another continual changing element is the criteria defining those who cannot help themselves. Determining if one needs help because they are lazy and refuse to do for themselves or if one indeed is trying but just cannot seem to
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In the case of an individual facing job loss the order of assistance can come in the form of rent or utility assistance. Preventative measures can be implemented to ensure that the individual and their family are not displaced from their home or go without food and education. Those suffering from mental disorders often turn to drugs in order to self medicate or take the pain out of their mental state. When mental disorders are mixed with drugs it is hard to find the right means of intervention. These cases require immediate resolution but those resolutions are not always readily available. A research study performed by the Urban Institute (Trends in Mental Health and Substance Abuse at Nations Community Health Centers, 1998 to 2003) and contracted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) found that in 2003 12 million people of color, poor, uninsured, and Medicaid recipients are cared for by community health centers, and this number is increasing rapidly because of our economic instability as a nation. In fact between 1998 and 2003 health centers grew by 22% and is still not enough to handle all those in need of primary medical care or clinical therapy for mental health issues and drug

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