Please note that a letter to the editor must reference an article that has run in the previous week that relates to the topics highlighted in the National Imperative report.
[Name of Publication]
[City, State, Zip]
In response to your article [list article title, author and date] outlining state budget cuts for health and human services, I wanted to share the results of a recent report that identifies troubling challenges for the financial health of nonprofit human services organizations. Should these budget cuts pass, the financial health of the sector will face further challenges, which in turn will impact its ability to promote the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.
The report, A National Imperative: Joining Forces to Strengthen Human Services in America was commissioned by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA). It highlights the critical role and value that human services community-based organizations (CBOs) play in communities across the nation—improving health outcomes and reducing health care costs; ensuring children are safe and live in supporting neighborhoods, can succeed in school and have strong and economically secure families; helping older adults maintain a high quality of life; equipping people with disabilities so they can live their lives fully; building quality affordable housing; and providing crucial mental health and substance abuse services, particularly in the face of the current opioid epidemic.
Embracing the potential value of the human services sector to transform our society and deliver positive outcomes will require a unified response by human services CBOs, government, and philanthropy.