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Douglas to launch survey to project future social service needs

by Jeff Munson

An effort to project future needs of Douglas County’s aging, low-income and indigent population is the focus of a survey to be conducted by the Family Support Council.

After nearly six months of planning, directors of five county agencies and non-profit organizations have developed a survey they hope will provide insight into everything from pregnancy trends to the needs of the disabled and the county’s aging population.

The survey, which will begin next month, is part of an ongoingeffort to make county and non-profit agencies more efficient by meeting the needs of more people, said Karen Edwards, executive director of the Family Support Council.

“We think it is important for our community to look ahead and have a handle on what the issues will be down the road,” Edwards said.

The survey will be mailed out to the roughly 20 county and non-profit agency providers who serve Douglas County and handed out to those who use the services.

The cost of the survey will be minimal and results will be made available once the returns are tabulated.

The survey will benefit the receivers of services as the result of better planning and help providers, who can provide better and more accurate budget projections, Edwards said.

“We are hoping to get at least 400 of the surveys back, where we will sit down, tabulate the data and write a report to present to the county commissioners,” she said.