The front porch has long been a symbol of
openness and community. And with this post, the Network reiterates that concept
to you, our consumers.
In human services, a Front Porch approach is an
integrated system of care and services. A client-centered vision is the pinnacle
of care, and the Network aims to increase the quality of services provided to
those in need.
In "Building a Coalition of Non-profit Agencies to
Collaboration with a County Health & Human Services Agency", from Changing
Welfare Services: Case Studies of Local Welfare Reform Programs by Margaret K.
Libby and Michael J. Austin (editors), the attempt at a Front Porch system for
specific health care in Napa, California was highlighted. A coalition with a
local human services agency as a non-voting member was created, and funding was
received to replace de-funded government services much like block grants are
often used. Of course, interest goes where the money is, and non-profits were
motivated to be involved in the collaborative because of the funding.
For us in Colorado, what might a Front Porch look like for the Human
Services Network? How, especially in times of little to no new funding, might
we work together to create a client-centered vision or streamline services? What ideas do you have for collaboration?