Saturday, December 7, 2013
Morning Sentinel Staff
Although social services have been subject to recent cuts, loan forgiveness should be considered preventative care.
Some individuals need services and resources that social workers can offer them. If the number of social workers declines, these people may not be able to get the services or resources that they need. In turn, they become sicker or more helpless and may need more services.
If a social worker can help clients get these services from the beginning, they will stay healthier, and the cost to government ultimately will will be less.
Loan forgiveness would help professionals who struggle to repay their loans on a social worker's salary. It also would help recruit qualified individuals into the helping profession, to the benefit of all in Maine.