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This report synthesizes research findings with observations of three Pacific Northwest sites attempting service integration in rural settings. At case-study sites in Washington and Oregon, rural schools, communities, and service providers collaborate to deliver services to students and community members suffering from high unemployment, alcohol and drug abuse, teen pregnancy, and increasing levels of physical and sexual child and spouse abuse. Four general areas of needs identified at the three sites were multiplicity of diverse needs, geographic access to services, increase of service coordination, and co-location of services. Some common aspects of program governance and operations were: (1) one organization or agency assuming leadership responsibility; (2) school district boards of directors' support of the schools' involvement in integrated service efforts; (3) comprehensive services targeting the needs of the whole family; (4) a preventive approach to service delivery; (5) a "one-stop shopping" model; (6) the active role of the school in collaborative efforts; and (7) development of an improved sense of community. Case-study sites implemented many practices consistent with recommendations found in the research and other literature. Two areas identified for possible improvement were prevention orientation and synergistic procedures and process among the agencies involved. Contains 33 references and 38 suggested readings. (KS)

Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Agency Cooperation, American Indians, Case Studies, Community Services, Delivery Systems, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Programs, High Risk Students, Poverty, Rural Areas, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, Social Services

Autor: Stoops, Jack W.; Hull, Janis L.


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