Funding Holistic Case Management
The holistic case management approach is being elevated by some funders as a best practice for meeting the needs of migrant communities. In addition to providing individuals with comprehensive care, organizations that practice holistic case management can be effective advocates for policy change because their work is informed by a broader view of their clients’ experiences.
Nonprofits looking to expand their services and provide holistic case management need to take the time to identify the staffing capacity and resources needed to implement this approach. Providing holistic case management requires more than simply hiring a single staff member. It is often necessary for legal nonprofits, for example, to bring on board a team of social workers who can handle heavy caseloads and support one another.
Karlyn Kurichety of Al Otro Lado also advises that funders understand how holistic case management is an ongoing strategy and that clients can be served by an organization for years. According to Karlyn, “organizations need long-term funding and resources to build out a structured program with concrete goals.”
If funders are not able to make a long-term commitment, a starting point on the journey to implementing holistic case management would be to seed collaborations between legal and humanitarian organizations.
Funders could help advance holistic case management approaches by:
- Providing grants to support collaboration between legal and humanitarian non-profits.
- Funding not just organizations, but also coalitions and networks of organizations so they can coordinate services for clients and collaborate on holistic case management strategies.
- Talking to grantees to find out who their trusted partners are, encouraging collaborations between the groups, and funding the partner organizations in tandem with grantees.
- Supporting leadership development that will enable organizations to adopt holistic case management strategies.
Holistic case management as a method of providing coordinated legal and humanitarian services needs to be elevated, supported, and funded. The findings from our assessment of the California Dignity for Families Fund indicate that holistic case management is an effective and efficient way to meet the needs of immigrants and refugees.
We encourage funders interested in addressing the urgent and ongoing needs of migrants at the border to invest in organizations and collaboratives employing this service provision model.