Date of Award

Spring 1997

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Department

Social Work

Abstract

Collaboration is being recognized as a successful approach in the service delivery to children and families. The wraparound process is a collaborative approach that is an alternative to traditional services delivery for children with severe emotional disturbances and their families. A primary mechanism for the wraparound process is the availability and accessibility of flexible funds in order to develop and implement non-categorical services, that is, services not already in categories approved for funding.

This study explores flexible funding, the criteria used, and perceptions of the decision makers when reviewing an application for flexible funds. The following two research questions are examined: a) What are the criteria used by the decision makers when reviewing an application for flexible funds? and b) What are the perceptions of the decision makers concerning the process of applying those criteria in approving or denying a request for flexible funds? The participants for this study were those individuals who were decision makers for the flexible funding applications in a four county collaborative in the state of Minnesota. The data for this study were collected through a self-administered questionnaire. Thirteen (13) participants responded to the questionnaire. The findings indicate that there are criteria used in approving or denying a request for flexible funds. The most commonly agreed upon criteria was to what degree the use of flexible funds would benefit the family's experience and life as a family.

Identifier

SC 11.MSW.1997.Lucht.LT

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