New Crisis-Intervention Model Helps Some N.J. Middle-Income Families Facing Medical Emergencies
From 2002 to 2003, the American Dream Project of Wayne, N.J. developed a model crisis intervention program targeting middle-income individuals in need of socioeconomic assistance while suffering a health-care crisis who were ineligible or underserved by traditional social services.
Constructed assessment tools and a simple operational design that could easily serve as a guide to or be emulated by other social service agencies, both government and private.
Conducted both formal and informal in-service training sessions for seven social service agencies, both government and private.
Provided services to 70 clients, including:
- Emergency medication for a young, single mother with cancer who had been terminated from Medicaid.
- Two months of emergency rent money for a client waiting for surgery whose disability income was insufficient to cover her living expenses.
- Transportation for a disabled veteran to a Veterans Administration facility for treatment, service evaluation and follow-up.