Specific Population and the Advocacy Role

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Specific Population and the Advocacy Role Rose K. BSHS 441 Specific Population and the Advocacy Role Advocacy What is advocacy? Advocacy is defined as the act of pleading, supporting or recommending (Merriam Webster, 2013). What is advocacy in the human services field? It is the act of pleading for or providing support for, or making recommendations to meet the needs of an individual or a group of individuals with specific needs. How does advocacy play a role in the mentally disabled population? This paper will discuss some issues the mentally ill face and how advocacy is crucial to meet their needs. Mental Illness Mental illness is defined as any condition that impairs or disables an individual’s normal cognitive, emotional, psychological, or biochemical make up. This can be genetic or can be caused by head trauma or infection (Merriam Webster, 2013). Mentally Ill Populations Need for Advocacy As a case manager I encounter many issues trying to help the clients that I serve in the mentally ill population. Financial entitlements are stalled due to case overloads within government agencies or clients are denied disability benefits regardless to mounds of documentation being sent to state claims officers confirming the client’s disability. Medicaid denials cause clients to not have access to the medications they need to treat their illnesses, which in many cases sends them into crisis and back into the hospital for psychiatric stabilization. Supportive housing for mentally ill individuals are far and few. This
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