A Brief History Of Human Services

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A Brief History Of Human Services

A Brief History of Human Services

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The National Health Corps services were created.



President Lincoln appoints Charles M. Wetherill, to serve in the new Department of Agriculture. This was the beginning of the Bureau of Chemistry, forerunner to the Food and Drug Administration.

Passage of an act for the relief of sick and disabled seamen, which established a federal network of hospitals for the care of merchant seamen, forerunner of today's U.S. Public Health Service.

Welfare reform under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act was enacted.The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted.

Medicare and Medicaid programs were created, making comprehensive health care available to millions of Americans.

The JOBS program and federal support for child-care was created

Department of Health and Human Services wasEstablished


The History of the Department of Health and Human Services can be traced back all the way to 1798. Thanks to earlier work by Charles Wetherill and American President LBJ, we currently have a number of Human Services Agencies that ensure the health and well-being of disabled and elderly adults.This timeline is especially relevant to my career path, as I am currently a social worker for the Department of Rehabilitation, a service funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. Before 1798, and for many years following ,the mentally ill, disabled, and elderly were forced into institutions or left to fend for themselves. The distinctive background represents the grim legacy of institutionalization.

Marine Hospital Services Logo from 1798

Charles M. Wetherill(Was also a Chemist)

LBJ Signs the Medicare Act(and creates the foundation for future human services)

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DHSS provides free services to individuals with special needs and the elderely.

Institutionalized patients, bound and imprisoned in 1910

A Special Olympian competing in 2011

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”-Mahatma Gandhi

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