Recently, states have been restructuring the departments of health and human services to provide more comprehensive, consolidated care in a systematic way rather than through disjointed bureaucracies of the past half century. Departments of Mental Health, Public Health, Substance Abuse Services, and Developmental Disabilities – all essentially serving the 12% of the population in the socially disenfranchised underclass – are being reorganized to provide a holistic approach to better serve the underserved populations and disadvantaged.
With change comes concern that even the best intentions may lead to more people falling through the cracks. One mother is fighting to raise awareness about the risk that children like her adoptive daughter with FASD will be lost in the remodeling of health and social service agencies. “Her little world got robbed. She doesn’t experience things like everybody else does.”
Let’s all join our voices together to ensure that this restructuring actually helps to fill the gaps between service agencies by eliminating some of the bureaucracy and make it easier for families to access services.