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Recent News

Human Services Needs Assessment Underway

1/2/2019

Leon County and the City of Tallahassee have jointly partnered with the Center for Health Equity (CHE) to conduct a community human services needs assessment. Over the next several months, CHE will work with local human services partners to identify the greatest areas of human services needs in Tallahassee-Leon County.

The primary purpose of the assessment is to evaluate the Community Human Services Partnership (CHSP) program. Since 1997, CHSP has served as a joint initiative of the County and City for the planning and funding of human services in the community. Human service agencies and their programs are funded in 10 CHSP categories, which have been in place for over 20 years.

The results of the needs assessment will include recommendations for changes to the existing CHSP funding categories and their respective funding allocations. In addition, the study will recommend potential uniform outcome measures to evaluate the effectiveness of programs funded through CHSP and establish a process to continually realign funding to meet changing community needs and desired community outcomes.

The assessment has commenced and will continue through summer 2019. As part of the needs assessment, CHE will conduct extensive outreach, including focus groups, interviews and a telephone survey, to gather feedback from the community.

A final report will be presented to the Leon County Board of County Commissioners and the City of Tallahassee Commission in fall 2019. 


Funded Agencies

Kids Incorporated of the Big Bend

Kids Incorporated is the only community-based organization providing quality, comprehensive services and shaping futures of at-risk families with children ages 0-3 and pregnant women in Jefferson, Leon & Madison counties, Florida. Through the Early Head Start program, early education, health, nutrition, & family services are provided at 5 area centers and through a home-based program.

Lighthouse of the Big Bend

The Lighthouse of the Big Bend is a nonprofit agency dedicated to guiding people through vision loss. Our mission is to enhance the lives of individuals who live with vision loss in the Big Bend area through direct services, community engagement, and education. Free services are provided to anyone aged 0 to 5, or 14 to 114, who is legally blind and lives in the following counties: Franklin, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor, and Wakulla. For more

The Salvation Army of Tallahassee

Founded in 1951,The Salvation Army of Tallahassee is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty that has crippled and destroyed generations of families in our service area. We will offer a hand up to all those willing to learn, grow and change to move toward a better life. The purpose of our programs is to provide the basic needs to prevent homelessness and to empower people to build lives of purpose.