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ASH HHS 497 Week 5 DQ 2 Groups
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After reading Chapter 2 in your text (Groups in Need), you
cannot help but appreciate the span of needs and then
wonder, “How do we make budget allocation decisions?”
and, “What happens to the individuals unable to acquire
appropriate help”? In many ways, individuals needing one
kind of service can, if the need is not addressed, have a
negative domino effect on the person. For example, the
homeless person becomes sick, eventually receiving free
emergency medical attention.
These “forcing functions” are a common phenomenon in
HHS. Burger (2011) states,“Meanwhile, human service
agencies, for the most part, try to help people adjust to
the existing social and economic situation. Agencies, in
effect, seek to maintain the status quo. Regardless of the
basic motives behind social policy, it seems clear that
unless and until more successful or satisfying programs
are devised to provide for basic needs of people who are
unable to provide for themselves, much suffering, turmoil,
and conflict will result” (p.274). Thus, on the one hand we
have different groups needing help, but we have agencies
limited to maintaining the status quo. This is a very real
Reflect on the different ideas implied in the above
sentences and take a stand as to what can or should we,
as a country, do to make rational and acceptable changes
that address this dilemma. In a minimum of 300 words,
discuss what you recommend as “acceptable changes”. To
assist in your reflection, review Chapter 7 (Social Policy),
which looks at the dilemma from a policy viewpoint.
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