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A National Imperative: Joining Forces to Strengthen Human Services in America

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Author(s): The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA)
– Drafted by Oliver Wyman and SeaChange Capital Partners

Published: Jan. 22, 2018

Report Intro/Brief:
“This groundbreaking report focuses on the economic and social impact of human services community-based organizations (CBOs), and the need to strengthen and preserve their pivotal role in the larger human services ecosystem. It offers an important cross-sector call to action across CBOs, government, philanthropy, and other intersecting systems to address the challenges facing CBOs, which operate at the nexus of the human services ecosystem, and play a significant role in building foundational supports that contribute to the health, well-being, and success of individuals, families, and communities.

Among the key findings and conclusions of the report is the critical role and value that human services CBOs play in communities across the nation—improving health outcomes and reducing health care costs; ensuring children are safe and live in supporting neighborhoods, can succeed in school and have strong and economically secure families; helping older adults maintain a high quality of life; equipping people with disabilities so they can live their lives fully; building quality affordable housing; and providing crucial mental health and substance abuse services, particularly in the face of the current opioid epidemic.”

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