Policies should be there to help those who want to obtain the help they need

Policies should be there to help those who want to

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Policies should be there to help those who want to obtain the help they need. Not set them back. Instead of automatically denying Joe due to his conviction, maybe the policy should enforce a substance abuse evaluation every 3-6 months, along with random drug screens once a month, due to his conviction being drug related. Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen, S. (2014). Working With Clients with Dual Diagnosis: The Case of Joe. Social work case studies: Foundation year. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. By Day 5 Read a selection of your colleagues' posts. Respond to at least two colleagues with a critique of the gaps in service they identified for Joe. Marquita, The gaps in Joe’s case you mention are the selling of marijuana in his past life and now it is hurting him in the future due to the conviction. I believe
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with a type of conviction like this it should be on a record for so many years and then should be expunged. Social workers strive to ensure access to needed information, services, and resources; equality of opportunity; and meaningful participation in decision making for all people (National Association of Social Workers, 2017). Like Alina mentioned, helping Joe find a pro-bono attorney may be helpful to get his case expunged. Selling illegal drugs is obviously illegal. However, he served his time, which was a long amount for Marijuana. But the fact that he is looking to obtain a job and better his life is what needs to be looked at. People do change their way of life. A city near me, Iowa City, has a Buffalo Wild Wings where people who have came out of prison are able to obtain jobs there. They get hired to work in the kitchen. Then this helps them with future references since they have been out of prison. It is nice to have a place that isn’t judgmental but still is strict with their employees to continue employment. I am unaware of their drug policy, however, most places in Iowa have random drug screens. National Association of Social Workers. (2017). Code Of Ethics of The National Association of Social Workers. The National Association of Social Workers. Finally, describe the ethical obligations of social workers to make changes to substance abuse policies. Alina, Great points in your post. Joe is trying to better his life by obtaining a job and sometimes being honest. I know some people do lie about what they have been convicted of because they are worried they won’t get the job. However, if they are honest this prevents them from getting a job as well. Some people are raised to be honest. In Joe’s situation he wouldn’t be honest because he was worried it wouldn’t get him the job. A policy that could be put into place with job seeking and having this type of charge would be to be actively participating in substance abuse counseling and random drug screens in order to receive and continue with employment. Once the services have been completed, Joe can continue to keep his job and possibly receive health benefits through his job.
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Great points, Blair! What are some specific strategies you might consider using to influence policy change in the areas you identified?
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