Access a variety of publications that provide essential information on the issues that matter most to your community, work or project.
Stemming the Tide – Diverting Youth with Mental Health Conditions from the Illinois Juvenile Justice System is a report from the Illinois Mental Health Opportunities for Youth Diversion Task Force that includes recommendations for consideration of the Governor and state legislature for diverting youth with mental health conditions from the criminal justice system. February 2018
A National Imperative: Joining Forces to Strengthen Human Services in America, commissioned by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and the American Public Human Services Association, offers an important cross-sector call to action to address the challenges facing community based organizations (CBOs), which play a vital role in the human services ecosystem, comprised of the nonprofit sector, government agencies, and the philanthropic sector. The study found that human services impact the lives of an estimated one in five Americans and CBOs account for nearly $200 billion in economic activity through the cost of delivering services. Despite that impact, both recipients of human services and society as a whole face significant risks if CBOs are not financially strong and delivering on their full potential. January 2018
The Fiscals Future Project, written by Richard Dye and David Merriman at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois.
The Sinai Urban Health Institute, along with several community partners, conducted a survey in nine diverse Chicago communities. The purpose of the survey is to document the health status of selected community areas in Chicago; understand the social factors associated with health-related behaviors, service utilization, and outcomes; and use findings to develop public health interventions and policies to address health inequities. More information can be found at: https://www.sinaisurvey.org/.
Household Stress in the Chicago Region: This report is a first-ever analysis of types of stresses on households in seven counties in the Chicago area. October 2016 from University of Illinois (UIC ) Great Cities Institute.
Mergers as a Strategy for Success: The report focuses on mergers among nonprofits to be considered as an important strategic option to promote mission and increase impact. October 2016 from Mission+Strategy Consulting
Leveraging Federal Medicaid Dollars to Build Service Capacity in Illinois: Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Sectors to Prevent Recidivism and Entry into the State’s Correctional System. September 2016 from Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC), Thresholds and the Shriver Center
The Damage Done: How Illinois is Unravelling Its Human Services – Our “heat maps” provide a comprehensive look into how the budget impasse has harmed human services district-by-district, category-by-category in our state. August 2016 Data Research from Illinois Partners
The Downward Spiral: The Impact of Illinois’ Year Without a Budget: The report entails an analysis of long-term implications of the state of Illinois’ fiscal 2016 budget crisis and failure to enact a state budget. June 2016 from Adler University‘s Institute on Social Inclusion
Human Services as an Economic Engine: How Human Services in Illinois Drive Jobs and Economic Benefits. Providers spend $4.5 billion a year in Illinois, generating $597 million in taxes. May 2016 Data Research from Illinois Partners
A Window of Opportunity II: The report is a resource for those seeking to tell a new story about poverty that is rooted in shared values and better informs, persuades, and activates key audiences. February 2016 from the Opportunity Agenda
Failing to Keep Pace: An Analysis of the Declining Value of Illinois Human Services Reimbursement Rates – Flat reimbursement rates have failed to keep pace with the economy, resulting in severe challenges for providers of human services. February 2016 Data Research from Illinois Partners
Talking Human Services: A FrameWorks MessageMemo – Results of a series of studies to document the public’s existing understanding of human services and to recommend communications strategies that can be used to increase understanding and support for human services. October 2015 from the FrameWorks Institute • See more work from the Institute
A Call for Action: Strengthening the Human Services Sector – A synopsis report outlining the challenges facing the human services sector and a series of recommendations for strengthening the capacity of the sector. June 2015 from the Kresge Foundation
New York Nonprofits in the Aftermath of FEGS: A Call to Action – Until it filed for bankruptcy, the Federation Employment and Guidance Service delivered an array of mental health, disabilities, housing, homecare, and employment services. April 2015 from the Human Services Council of New York • See a video from the Council on the subject
Beyond Social Value: The Economic Impact of the Human Service Sector The mission of the human services industry in Massachusetts, is to improve the health and well-being of the state’s residents and is accomplished by the sector’s dedicated workforce. March 2015 from the Public Policy Center of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Medicaid Explained: How It Works and Why It’s So Important – A policy report delineating how and why responsible solution to our state’s very real budget problems must include securing the resources needed to sustain progress in expanding access to health care. February 2015 from the Fiscal Policy Center of Voices for Illinois Children • See more research from the Center
Moving to 21st-Century Public Benefits: Emerging Options, Great Promise, and Key Challenges – The report seeks to show how the diverse strands emerging throughout the country in a broad range of programs and places comprise a fairly well-defined new model for administering need-based assistance programs. May 2012 from the Coalition for Access and Opportunity • See more research from the Coalition
Signs of Progress, More Work Ahead: An Assessment of the Implementation of Donors Forum’s Partnership Principles for a Sustainable Human Services System – A study of efforts by the state’s Department of Children and Family Services and Department of Human Services to implement the recommendations of the Donors Forum Partnership Principles. March 2012 from Forefront Partnership • See more from Forefront
The Price of Prisons: What Incarceration Costs Taxpayers – Presenting a methodology for unpacking the financial cost of operating state prisons, including costs that fall beyond the corrections budget and are often overlooked. February 2012 from the Vera Institute of Justice
Need for Human Services in Illinois – This report aims to support the Illinois Human Services Commission by outlining basic population and
demographic trends that impact human services and by diving deeper into seven human services categories to identify who is in need of services and how current realities and trends may impact the level and type of need going forward. 2011 from the Social IMPACT Research Center at Heartland Alliance. See more research from the Center
Gender Disparity in Human Services: The Impact of Illinois’ State Budget Cuts on Human Services Supporting Women The report shows how women are likely to bear the brunt of a substantial portion of human service budget cuts, both directly due to losing access to services, and indirectly due to losing employment providing these services. December 2010 from the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA). See more research from the Center
Human Service Nonprofits and Government Collaboration: Findings from the 2010 National Survey of Nonprofit Government Contracting and Grants – This study is the first effort to look broadly at government-nonprofit contracting relationships across the country and in individual states. October 2010 from the Urban Institute
STEMMING THE TIDE Diverting Youth With Mental Health Conditions from the Illinois Juvenile Justice System: The Illinois Mental Health Opportunities for Youth Diversion Task Force (Illinois Public Act 99-0894), serves as the statewide group mandated to provide an action plan to the Governor and General Assembly for diverting youth with mental health conditions from the criminal justice system.