Designing a community program in Human Services begins by completing a needs assessment. The purpose of the needs assessment is to see what programs or services are already being offered in the community and where there are possible gaps. This week you will submit a workplace or community needs assessment.
If you are currently not working in a Human Services organization, begin by assessing what services are in your community. You can plan a program based on the information you collect and what you feel your community needs. If you are working in a Human Services organization and want to create a program for it, begin with an assessment of the organization’s existing programs and plan your program from there.
Your needs assessment should be formatted in an outline and include the following information:
In your description, include the possible needs of this population. ( Help for people that suffer with substance abuse, etc. )
To discuss this, consider the various populations that are found within a community that potentially could seek Human Services assistance (for example, families, elderly, youth, mentally ill, substance abusers, pregnant teens, victims of domestic violence, unemployed). Then, consider the services available to these populations. (men and youth age ranges 18-60, the service available is the agency provided above) That is the only agency in the community.
To discuss this, consider populations that may be underrepresented or that are not being served as well as they could be. For example, perhaps a program exists but clients can’t easily get to it. (Program is not affordable, and most do not have insurance coverage.) There are also no nearby live in facilities available for people who wants to get help.
Completed outlines should be 1-2 pages in length. Include any resource information in APA format.
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