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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

Legal Services of North Florida

LSNF primarily provides civil legal services without fee to persons whose income falls below 125% of federal poverty guidelines. Provision of civil legal representation by attorneys that are expert in public interest law often prevents disputes from escalating into criminal matters, thereby saving the community in terms of law enforcement, judicial resources and possible medical expenses. The safer, more productive its citizens are, the better a community thrives.

The Oasis Center for Women and Girls

The Oasis Center for Women and Girls improves the lives of women and girls through celebration and support, and we envision a community where women of all ages are thriving. Our programs include Girls Circles, Girls Can Do Anything! Summer Camp, Single Mothers Support Group, Individual Counseling for Women, Women Can Run Campaign and Leadership Training, Women's History Month Luncheon, Trailblazer Awards, and Trailblazers in Schools elementary education on local women's history.

Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition

The goal of Capital Area Healthy Start is to reduce infant mortality, reduce the number of low birth weight babies, and improve health and development outcomes. Healthy Start does what ever is needed to assure a stable environment is in place before the baby arrives. Home visitors work with the family until the baby turns three.