Journal Article

School-Linked Comprehensive Services: Promising Beginnings, Lessons Learned, and Future Challenges

Katharine Briar-Lawson, Hal A. Lawson, Connie Collier and Alfred Joseph

in Children & Schools

Published on behalf of National Association of Social Workers

Volume 19, issue 3, pages 136-148
Published in print July 1997 | ISSN: 1532-8759
Published online July 1997 | e-ISSN: 1545-682X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cs/19.3.136
School-Linked Comprehensive Services: Promising Beginnings, Lessons Learned, and Future Challenges

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This article draws on interviews and site visits in 36 states, a literature review, and data from the authors' three demonstration projects to discuss school-linked comprehensive services. The authors contrast two generations of partnerships. First-generation partnerships have been guided by interprofessional collaboration, service integration, and systems change. Colocation and linkage have been a challenge; service providers have moved to schools, and communication between schools and agencies has improved. In second-generation partnerships, families and community members are joint leaders. The partnerships involve teacher- supportive, classroom-based strategies; shared outcomes and accountability; expanded leadership roles for parents; and improvements in treatment quality. Because welfare reform and child welfare have become part of schools' responsibilities, school social workers have new leadership roles in these partnerships.

Keywords: collaboration; family support; school-linked services; school reform; school social work

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Subjects: Schools Studies

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