ASD’s professional social work staff determines the type and extent of psycho-social services needed by each resident and assists them in accessing a strong network of community-based service providers. They prepare a checklist of important legal documents and forms, including Directives to Physicians and Powers of Attorney, etc. prepared by Dallas Legal Hospice. Weekly case assessments and quarterly individual interdisciplinary care plans are developed for each resident. In addition, the social workers provide on-site case management, substance abuse counseling, individual and group counseling, and grief support as needed.
These services are necessary for the individuals and families experiencing emotional stress, which is often the result of the loss of family and friends, the loss of employment and income, the loss of independence and self-esteem, and/or the presence of a substance abuse behavior.
Families served by this agency generally experience many emotional hardships due to the tremendous burden of having a family member struck by HIV/AIDS. When this disease afflicts the breadwinner(s) of a family, it strikes a terrible financial blow, which creates a tremendous need for support. Professional on-site social work intervention is the most effective means by which to address these recurrent issues.
The Social Work Department provides recreational activities for the children of ASD, and has helped with their adjustment to the community and to public schools. Through funding from the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program, ASD has hired a Children’s Activity Coordinator to provide recreation during the summer months for the children residing at ASD. ASD’s Social Work Department has met directly with school administrators and teachers on a one-to-one basis and has provided group presentations when requested.
The Social Work Department has enabled ASD to meet the needs of families and children and to deliver effective supportive services to a constantly changing population.