Policy Brief on social welfare policy around deinstitutionalization and community based supports

Management and Leadership Presentation
December 15, 2017
managing operations and quality
December 15, 2017

 

Policy Brief on social welfare policy around deinstitutionalization and community based supports for people with disabilities and mental illness in the U.S.

 

Write a social work welfare policy brief around a similar issue as your previous paper. A policy brief is (as you may have guessed) “brief” – concise and to the point. It can take many forms, but the general format you are to use is as follows:
1. Describe a problem or issue (preferably the problem or issue you have been addressing in the preceding assignment).
2. Present and describe a few options for dealing with the problem or issue (possibly the policies or programs you identified in Assignment 5 Discussion Board – Choosing a Social Welfare Response).
3. Present and describe your recommendations on the “best” policy or program option.
Your recommendations could involve adjustments in any of the key areas of policy analysis: social allocation (who), social provision (what), social service delivery (how), and/or financing (by what means).
Specifically, your brief should cover the following:
1) Description of the Problem or Issue
• What is the social problem?
• What is the scope of the current problem?
• What is (are) the cause(s) to which the problem is attributed, and what are the problem’s most serious consequences?
2) Description of Options for Response
• Present and briefly describe 3-4 possible ways to address the problem you have identified through public policies or programs
o These could include policy options that have been tried in the United States or elsewhere, but could also include options that have not been previously tried.
o These could include the policies or programs you identified in Assignment 5 Discussion Forum – Choosing a Social Welfare Response.
3) Recommendations
• What option for addressing the identified problem or issue are you recommending (could be a change to an existing policy or program or a new policy or program)?
• In what ways is(are) your proposed response(s) better than both the status quo and other plausible options?
• Forecast how your changes might affect the social work profession.
The following link (Overview only) provides a good description of a policy brief: http://www.policy.hu/ipf/fel-pubs/samples/PolicyBrief-described.pdf
Please note that the document linked above suggests that a policy brief be no more than 6-8 pages. Your policy brief should be 2-3 pages.
4) Format
Your policy brief should be single-spaced and in block paragraph style (please see templates below). As with any paper, all information retrieved from a source should be cited to that source. However, you may use either traditional APA format for your sources or footnotes or endnotes.
Please see the following sources for templates:
• http://www.slideshare.net/ruthdearnley/policy-brief-template-general
• http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/womens-and-childrens-health-policy-center/de/policy_brief/strong_brief.pdf
Due for submission on Tuesday, April 26 before 12 midnight EST.

Some references I’m already looking at:

http://www.socwork.net/sws/article/view/343/680

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deinstitutionalisation

DIA

http://www.ncd.gov/publications/2012/Sept192012/

http://kevinturnquist.org/deinst.php

People as Pendulums: Institutions and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

http://www.sunrisegroup.org/learning-from-history-community-based-services/

*CHP Archives: ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY ON COMMUNITY INTEGRATION THIRD EDITION

 

 


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