Case Study: John
The social worker assigned to this case recognized that this family is facing great financial difficulty and would benefit from any programs that would help maintain financial stability.
First, the social worker helped John’s family apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This program provides approximately $450/month for children from low-income families who have disabilities. The social worker also asked Jessica about whether John was currently receiving free lunch at school and whether she was aware of the food pantries in her local area. John and his family would benefit from an evaluation by a behavior therapist.
Second, the social worker realized that John’s family would greatly benefit by moving out of their current neighborhood. By moving from to the larger town in which Jessica works, the family could save gas money and have fewer worries about the car breaking down. Moving would also get John away from the kids in the neighborhood that are bullying him and get the family further away from John’s father. Moving would also make it easier for Jessica to get a mental health evaluation. However, while Jessica indicated a desire to move, it is unlikely she has the financial, physical, or emotional resources to do so.
Center on Human Development and Disability,
Clinical Training Unit, University of Washington,
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