Organizations and individual practitioners who provide services in a way that reflects a commitment to religious beliefs and values.
Organizations and individual practitioners who provide services that reflect a commitment to the eradication of political, economic and social discrimination against women, and to the empowerment of women through equal rights, opportunities and choices.
Programs whose commitment to reducing the harmful consequences of risky and sometimes illegal behaviours (such as recreational drug use and sex work) as opposed to adopting a "zero tolerance" approach, influences the types of services they offer and/or the way their services are delivered.
Housing-related organizations that emphasize stable, permanent housing as a primary strategy for ending homelessness. The Housing First approach helps people experiencing homelessness to access and sustain permanent rental housing as quickly as possible – and once the individual or family is housed, providing assistance and support with other life issues as needed. This perspective has the benefit of being consistent with what most people experiencing homelessness want and seek help to achieve.
Medical and mental health organizations and individual practitioners that offer an approach to treatment which integrates clinical expertise and patient values with practices that have been evaluated scientifically for efficacy and are updated as new treatment research is completed.
Individual practitioners, programs, and/or systems whose approach to engaging people with a history of trauma involves recognition of the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledgement of the role that trauma has played in their lives. The approach can be implemented in any type of service setting or organization and has been used in the delivery of a broad range of services including mental health, substance use, housing, vocational or employment support, domestic violence and victim assistance, and peer support. However, it is distinct from trauma-specific interventions or treatments that are designed specifically to address the consequences of trauma and to facilitate healing.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.