Recruiting for Harmony House takes two forms:
  • Recruitment of Individuals for Inclusion in some aspect of our diverse social services program. This can sometimes be (but not necessarily restricted to): –Membership in our Day Treatment facility; —Part of our Supportive Employment Program; —part of our Community Engagement program; —placement within one of our programmatic aspect from outside our agency by another collaborative agency, either as part of community integration (outside their standard geographical area), or via of cross-collaborations between our agency and third-party or independent agencies. In each of these cases, the first step is to determine whether the criteria has been established for our diagnostic service areas.
  • Recruitment in the form of cross-collaborative networks of service types including third part, private and independent service agencies; in order to facilitate expanded service opportunities with reasonable efficiency and engender greater consumer choice, power, freedom agency, and satisfaction.
Regardless of which form this takes, it will be important to address these questions:
  1. do we draw solely from the confines of our own Agency (DPCS) and its various aspects? (Developmental Services Division, Intensive/PACT/Adult/Outpatient, etc.; Prevention?) and do we expand our reach to include Individuals from our various Divisions? or not?
  2. do we expand our recruiting efforts to embrace cross-collaborative populations from various service competitive agencies. This option is considered by some to be the wave of the future, as marketization of social welfare agencies makes its way across the social service terrain in the post-modern era (21st century). It is good to retain full awareness that we do have competitors and that more will come. Social Services is not like other business sectors with regard to competitive efficiency, however in that a great deal of synergistic cooperation is not only tolerated but beneficial, for both the agencies involved and the social services consumer. As this is a new approach, there are likely to be many iterations and the result is on-going and emergent. Beyond this generalization, certain protocols will likely provide smoother co-facilitation (in the avoidance of mutual suspicion and territorialism over client populations). These protocols are likely to be on-going and emergent as well.