As holiday assistance is underway for many of the social service agencies here in Kansas City, we are reminded of the benefits of community-wide data-sharing offered by MAACLink.
Since MAACLink KC is a shared database, every agency that uses the system is able to see and work with the same information that other agencies in the community are using. This is extremely beneficial especially when agencies are working with limited resources and looking to do the most they can with what they have. In Kansas City many of the agencies that provide holiday assistance enter those services into MAACLink KC. Once a client goes to an agency and signs up for holiday assistance, that agency will generally enter it as a service in MAACLink KC. If that same client goes to another agency the second agency will be able to see the holiday assistance that was provided at the first agency. The second agency can then use this information to decide whether or not they want to provide additional holiday assistance to that client.
At MAAC we call this method “preventing duplication of services,” and it is one of the great benefits of community-wide data-sharing. Since MAACLink is a shared database, the entire social service community can see the assistance being provided to each client by any number of other social service providers. This is helpful not only when qualifying a client for holiday assistance but also in providing more well-rounded case management and other forms of financial assistance that may have restrictions on how often agencies can assist any given household.
If you think your community might be interested in exploring how MAACLink could help you better serve those in need please contact us. We would love to come and meet with the social service agencies in your area and see how MAACLink can work for you!
If you are in the Kansas City area and looking for Christmas assistance please visit United Way of Greater Kansas City to find your local social service agency.