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Human Service Reorganization and Its Effects: A Preliminary Assessment of Florida's Services Integration 'Experiment'

Larry Polivka, Allen W. Imershein, John Wesley White and Lawrence E. Stivers
Public Administration Review
Vol. 41, No. 3 (May - Jun., 1981), pp. 359-365
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Society for Public Administration
DOI: 10.2307/975796
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/975796
Page Count: 7
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Human Service Reorganization and Its Effects: A Preliminary Assessment of Florida's Services Integration 'Experiment'
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Abstract

The present discussion reports on some of the first statewide data gathering and analysis to assess the consequences of the 1975 reorganization of the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. Two major concepts guiding the reorganization were: (1) integration of services in order to cover more adequately the needs of clients, including "multiproblem" clients, and (2) decentralization of administrative authority of all programs under a single, district-wide management structure. Despite widespread interest in the Florida system, and two previous studies, no systematic, detailed study of the impact of reorganization at the service delivery level has been conducted until now. The results of this study indicate that departmental employees perceive substantial decentralization of authority and progress toward integration of services since the 1975 reorganization. Perceived improvement in client services is also indicated. Major factors cited as influential in the change are the move toward collocation of services, the establishment of administratively interlinked service networks, and to a lesser extent, the development of generalist managers.

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