|by Mary Denton|
Many of us spend more time now than ever before evaluating financial concerns for our businesses. We ponder how to mitigate expenses, how to maximize productivity, how to honor and engage both long time employees and those new to the work force. And while we apply our expertise to these areas, the public and private sectors are frequently putting Band-Aids on social ills and a never-ending set of “solutions” that are often ineffective in prevention and early intervention. As we so carefully construct our business environments to produce healthy outcomes based on efficient and effective practices, we hemorrhage out the other side from the impact of ineffective social policy.
It is time to bring our influence to bear, wherever and whenever possible, to turn the tide of public effort to focus on prevention and early intervention. There is no financial excuse, there is no moral excuse. The numbers speak for themselves.
By comparison, non-profit organizations, such as Sunny Hills Services, provide an array of prevention and intervention programs for pennies on the dollar spent on incarceration, homeless programs and outcomes of failed education. For example, Sunny Hills Services provides gang prevention and early-intervention programs in Sonoma County for $90,000 per year impacting 500 youth and their families. Many other non-profits offer programming to shore up academic success, provide job skills training, assist with access to medical care and encourage healthy lifestyles.
Now is the time to stop throwing good money after bad. Now is the time to be heard at every opportunity to promote and endorse prevention and early intervention programs. It just makes good financial sense… and it’s the right thing to do.