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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Social Work


This paper is an effort to propose a moderately optimistic future for the personal care sector of human services. It is proposed that the best available future scenario for personal care services between now and the year 2019 is to concentrate on privatization of service delivery on a small-scale basis. Government, in this model should be limited largely to three roles: 1) source of venture capital; 2) regulation of service delivery; and 3) income maintenance for the poorest populations. In this future, the main burden of personal care services will be carried by the private sector. Dramatic improvements in the financing and marketing of human services will be called for, including expanded private practice, technology-intensive services and new forms of private insurance.

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An earlier version of this paper was presented at "On the Way to 2019: The Human Future in a Brave New World." University of Akron. February 9, 1986. A revised, edited and differently titled version of this manuscript, “Private Social Services in a Welfare Society,” was published in the Journal of Independent Social Work, Fall, 1987.



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