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The Human Service Movement

By: Datwanna Banks

HHS435: Cont Issues Trends Health Law Ethicsin H & HS

Instructor: Rebekah Clark

February 4, 2013

The Human Service Movement

As more problems occur with individuals the more the Human Services industry grows. This growth is in response to individuals seeking new job opportunities, more people not being able to depend on their neighborhood or community because of the feeling of isolation or alienation. No longer can individuals depend on their family members to share the joys and sorrows of everyday life struggles. Over the past five decades, scholars approach to human services have emerged including an array of concerns such as the amount of problems in living in our modern world, social care, and goals for self-sufficiency. Human services agencies and organizations are a complex web whose primary goal is to assist people in need.

Emerging from a blend of human services scholars has been a broad history with a defining mission. “The fields of social services, psychology, and counseling have provided the preeminent material to form a new hybrid species: human services” (Harris, Maloney, &Rother, 2004, p.24). In addition, human services for people with a mental illness following the wars, such as World War I and II made an impact on individuals because they came home traumatized and sometimes even homeless. “Authorizing monies for research and demonstration focused on assisting persons with mental illness in the areas of prevention, diagnosis and treatment”(Harris, Maloney, & Rother, 2004, p.26).

The National Institute for Mental Health in 1946 (Public Law 79-487) was established to provide services to those with a mental illness. Along the same lines, this act created a Mental Health Division to address preventive measures and centers with information and research which later became the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH, 1946; Woodside...
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