Analysis of Agency Policy Contexts

Analysis of Agency Policy Contexts

The Case of Dr. Breeze and the San Marcos Community Mental Health Center.

AGENCY IN POLICY TURMOIL
By Samuel H. Taylor, D.S.W.

Exactly one year ago, Dr. Breeze came to San Marcos, a metropolitan suburb of Los Angeles with a population of 60,000 people, to direct the recently established Sam Marcos Community Mental Health Center. Dr. Breeze had previously worked in Philadelphia, where he had acquired a reputation as the innovative, inspiring, and flexible director of Manford University’s Outreach Mental health services Department.

When Dr. Breeze initially interviewed for his position, several board members expressed some reservations about how he would fit in, since he did not wear a tie and seemed almost overconfident. Dr. Sedgwick, the retiring director, calmed the board by saying that, as a young psychoanalyst, he too had been fairly unconventional. The board had to keep in mind that this was no longer the San Marcos Clinic, it was a new mental health center, and it needed new ideas and the dedication of youth. “He will work out,” Dr. Sedgwick reassured them.

Shortly after George Breeze arrived at the San Marcos Community Mental Health Center, he made it clear to the staff that waiting lists, long-term therapy, and supervision were outdated. In the following months, he:
1. urged short-term, crisis-oriented management of cases
2. requested and received permission to establish an advisory board of citizens from the catchment area and another board composed of consumers
3. abolished the supervision system and established a flexible peer-consultation system
4. asked staff members to work evening in order to see families
5. got into an argument with the Chief of Police about how officers were handling youngsters and emotionally ill persons
6. hired paraprofessionals from a human services program of a community college to serve as community aides
7. told the staff that he wanted to know personally about the service and disposition of each case that involved a racial or ethnic minority client because he suspected that staff members were allowing biases to influence case management.

Within six months, the staff in the agency had become deeply divided. Three major groups
had formed and developed leadership. First, some of the original clinic staff members (who had helped Dr. Sedgwick prepare the mental health center application) resented Dr. Breeze’s nontraditional was and felt that they had had no chance to introduce their ideas. They rallied behind Dr. Jones, met privately, and decided they must take their case to other agencies in San Marcos and to local civic leaders and then must present their complaints to the agency board with the support of these other groups and leaders.

The staff hired by Dr. Breeze (young activist professionals and community aides) learned of the strategy and immediately alerted Asian, black, and Chicano groups in San Marcos and rallied behind Dr. Smith, who contacted both the NIMH (the prime federal funder for the center) and the Citizen and Consumer Advisory Boards. They were ready to ask for termination of federal and state funds if Dr. Breeze were fired.

Finally, a number of agency supervisors formed a group behind Dr. Virtue that advocated “responsible.” They were not opposed to all the changes instituted by Dr. Breeze but particularly opposed to those that deprived “professionals” of their rightful positions of authority and prestige within the agency. They wanted restoration of the supervisory system and curtailment of hiring of new careerists.

The issue reached crisis proportions when a patient being cared for by a community aide committed suicide in a most sensational manner. A reporter from the newspaper interviewed a member of the original staff and was told that “this would never have happened if Dr. Sedgwick had been there. Dr. Breeze’s ideas just don’t work.

The board decided to hold a meeting to settle the issue, and they agreed to allow representatives to all sides to present their evidence. They felt that Dr. Breeze had introduced some good programs but also felt that he was unconventional. At this meeting, they hoped to reach a final decision as to whether Dr. Breeze should be fired, retained (but only after placing limits on the reforms he had issued), or given a vote of complete confidence.

“Traditionalists,” then, rallied behind Dr. Jones and wanted to restore the traditional mission of the agency-long-term therapy with white and middle-class clients. ‘Insurgents” supported Dr. Breeze and his various reforms with no qualifications. “Advocates of responsible change” wanted some innovations, but not at the expense of the traditional prerogatives of professionals. The board wished to bring unity to the agency as soon as possible to avoid further adverse publicity as well as possible loss of funds.

Guidelines:

Length: At least 4 pages, double spaced, not including the Cover Page or the Reference Page. Please number your pages. Provide a minimum of three (3) scholarly references using APA format.
References must be provided in a separate page. Lack of references will result in lost points.

Instructions:

After reading the Dr. Breeze case:
1. Identify the five stakeholder groups and their positions in regard to the change that Dr. Breeze is initiating in San Marcos Community Mental Health Center*
2. Using a policy lens, provide the historical and policy rationale as to why Dr. Breeze was hired.
3. In your view, which group or groups want Dr. Breeze to be fired, retained, or voted with complete confidence? What is their rationale?
4. What kind of changes did he initiate?
5. What are the reactions of each stakeholder group? Do you think they acted appropriately and why?
6. What side do you take with these groups and why you are taking that position?
7. Identify the main responsibility of each stakeholder group.
8. What do you like about Dr. Breeze and what don’t you like about him? Explain your reasons.
9. Given the changes Dr. Breeze initiated at San Marcos Community Mental Health Center, what would you do if you were Dr. Breeze? Assume that you are strongly taking a position siding with one of these stakeholder groups. Describe your actions.
*In the event you have identified stakeholder group/s that are different from what was decided in class, you will need to provide a rationale for doing so.

 

GCU Code Of Conduct

 GCU Code Of Conduct

Reflect on the topic of GCU Code of Conduct and Academic Standards

  1. Review the Code of Conduct and Academic Standards in the university policy handbook. Go to https://www.gcu.edu/academics/academic-policies.php#h-university-policy-handbook and click on the University Policy Handbook link. Find the Code of Conduct and Academic Standards section. In your own words, explain 2 academic integrity violations and 2 code of conduct violations. Give a specific example of what the 4 identified violations could be
  2. The academic integrity section discusses academic dishonesty. One area of dishonesty is plagiarism. Define plagiarism in your own words.
  3. Why do you think students plagiarize?
  4. Describe how students can avoid academic dishonesty in group work or as an individual?
Note

in 250‐500 words address the following prompts in four paragraphs:

Security

Private Security

Do you believe the private security guards should be armed? Should they be trained in defensive tactics? Should private security be able to use identifying information which may be misleading to the public, giving the public the impression that they are law enforcement? Should law enforcement officers be allowed to work for private security when they are off duty? Do these situations provide a false sense of security for the public?  Be sure to provide real life examples in your answer and be sure to cite your sources.

Note

Be sure that you are using proper APA format and that you have at least one Peer-Reviewed Article in your research.

Evaluate Sampling Method

Evaluate Sampling Method And Sample Size

Instructions

This assignment consists of three parts:

(1)  Sample Selection 

Recommend the steps that should be taken to draw the particular sample described below.  Format your response as a procedure.

  1. A stratified sample of 75 doctors, 75 lawyers and 75 engineers who belong to a professional organization in that you belong to.
  2. A simple random sample of 150 subscribers to your local newspaper.
  3. A systematic sample of 250 subscribers from a subscriber list of a trade publication.

(2)  A Priori Power Analysis 

Download the G*Power software provided, and then use the software to submit the following:
a. Calculate the estimated sample size needed when given these factors:

  • one-tailed t-test with two independent groups of equal size
  • small effect size (see Piasta, S.B., & Justice, L.M., 2010)
  • alpha =.05
  • beta = .2 (Reminder: Power = 1 – beta)
  • Assume that the result is a sample size beyond what you can obtain. Use the compromise function to compute alpha and beta for a sample half the size.
    • Indicate the resulting alpha and beta.
    • Analyze the result and decide if the study should be conducted with a smaller sample size. Explain your rationale.
    • In the context of Type I and Type II error.
    • Include a visual of the G* Power output matrix.

b. Calculate the estimated sample size needed to perform an ANOVA (fixed effects, omnibus, one-way) when given these factors:

  • ANOVA (fixed effects, omnibus, one-way)
  • small effect size
  • alpha =.05
  • beta = .2
  • 3 groups
  • Include a visual of the G* Power output matrix.

(3)  Intended Research Sampling Method

Describe the sampling method that would be appropriate for your intended research.

  1. Outline the problem statement, purpose statement, and research questions.
  2. Describe the population of interest (also referred to as the theoretical population).
  3. Identify the sampling frame to be used to recruit participants.
  4. List criteria to be met for an interested person to participate in the research study.
  5. Compute an estimated sample size.
  6. Describe the recruitment procedure that might be used to draw the actual sample.

Note

Length:  Your paper should be between 5 – 10 pages not including title and reference page. Results of the G* power analysis that will add length to the paper.

References:  Include a minimum of five (5) scholarly sources.

Journal

Journal Assignment

1.What is the “onion concept”?  How does it work?  How do you keep alert in a job that can seem monotonous over time?

2.Explain the five steps for creating a successful business continuity management plan.

3.If a client were to ask about self-defense techniques and equipment, what suggestion could an entry-level private security person provide?

4.What are some of the duties of a Loss Prevention Agent?  What is management concerned with after reviewing the accounts and ledgers of a retail organization?

5.What are five red flags for shoplifting? Provide an example of an experience you have had or witnessed in regards to someone shoplifting.  What happened?  Was private security involved?

Note

Each of your answers should be written using your own words. Do not copy and paste from your textbook or an Internet source. Ensure you cite your work and add reference(s) at the end of your journal. These should be the sources you are citing in your work. You should not need to do research from additional resources unless the question specifically asks you to do so;

Support groups

Support groups

Support groups are especially important when transitioning into the higher education environment. What support system(s) do you currently have in place? What support groups are available on campus?

If you currently do not have a support system(s) or group(s), how will you create a support group that best reflects you, and your academic and personal wellness support needs?

Fiction story

 

Fiction story

What do the following people have in common?
Carl T. Rowan, a columnist for the Washington Post
Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) author of Alice in Wonderland
Christopher Wren, the architect of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London
Virginia Wade, tennis player, Wimbledon champion
Lawrence Leighton Smith, conductor, and pianist

Note

Take your findings and write a fiction story incorporating the facts into it.  Your story must tell the true story of a topic in algebra.  Devise a plan to share this activity with your students.  Make sure to include a self-reflection of the plan.

American History

American History

Question 1.

Your task for this discussion is to find and post a picture of an artifact (painting, sculpture, drawing, novel written during the period, etc.) that speaks to you from era of the Gilded Age (Chapters 16-18).  Give a brief summary analysis of why you chose this artifact and why it is significant, including when and where it was produced as well as what it represented.

Note

Has to be 100 words or more.

Question 2

Your task for this discussion is to find and post a picture of an artifact (painting, sculpture, drawing, novel written during the period, etc.) that speaks to you from era beginning with American Imperialism through World War I (Chapters 19-21).  Give a brief summary analysis of why you chose this artifact and why it is significant, including when and where it was produced as well as what it represented.

Note

Has to be 100 words or more.

Textbook: AmericaThe Essential Learning EditionSECOND EDITION, VOLUME TWO

Database Systems

 Database Systems

Discussion 1 (Chapter 8):

What is the FUNCTION operation? For what is it used? And Present a practical example/ scenario.

Instructions:

Your response to the initial question should be 250-300 words.  Next respond to two postings provided by your classmates. You are require to create your initial thread in order to view and respond to the threads posted by other students.

Note

There must be at least one APA formatted reference (and APA in-text citation) to support the thoughts in the post as needed.  Do not use direct quotes, rather rephrase the author’s words and continue to use in-text citations.

Adaptations for All Children

Adaptations for All Children

Module 06 Content
1.
Purpose of Assignment:
The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate planning for adaptations and accommodations for children with exceptional needs.

Course Competency:
o Develop strategies and activities to facilitate social, cognitive, physical, and language development for children with exceptional needs.ds

Instructions:

Design adaptations for children using the CARA’s Kit Adaptation Continuum and Decision Making Process from the Lesson Content. Create a document, which maps or charts the adaptations you will make for each of the following situations:
2. Toddler age child who is not independently walking is having difficulty accessing outdoor play spaces and equipment
3. Two year old child who is learning multiple languages is having difficulty sitting at group time listening to stories
4. Preschool age child who is on the Autism spectrum is having difficulty transitioning from playtime to clean-up time
5. Preschool age child who is experiencing a speech impairment is having difficulty in social-situations and entering play with other children

Content:

o Specify your setting: center-based or family child care
o For each situation, include original adaptations for environment, activity, materials, instructional support and schedule.
o Adaptations should be specific to the individual situation, as well as, apply to all children in the setting
o Adaptations should be developmentally appropriate and applicable to your specific setting
o Professional and people-first language used throughout adaptations
o Reference list for supportive resources, if needed.

Format:

o A chart, table or map, which clearly provides adaptations for each situation in all of the continuum categories
o Example Chart:
o Situation
o Environment
o Activity
o Materials
o Schedule
o Instructional Supports
o 1. Toddler …
o 2. Two Year old…
o 3. Preschool…
o 4. Preschool…
o Complete sentences
o Professional, people-first language
o Reference list, if needed.