CIR has a vast network of community partners, collaborators, and funders that help advance its mission to strengthen the reintegration of servicemembers, veterans, and their family members back into the community. The USC School of Social Work and CIR have relationships with over 500 community care and healthcare organizations in Southern California, including 60 military-specific organizations ranging in size from large Veterans Administration hospitals to neighborhood-based support groups. CIR engages with the academic community, the military, elected officials, the Department of Defense, social service agencies, healthcare organizations, the Department of Veterans Affairs, specialized technology groups, professional associations, committed foundations, selected for-profit companies, local communities (and their leaders), the University, and many others. In different ways, each of these organizations contributes to CIR’s success.
CIR currently maintains relationships with a number of organizations which help expand its impact and lead to program development assistance, technical expertise, operating venues, funding sources, and a wide range of research opportunities. CIR’s funders include the Department of Defense, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LAC DMH), and the Lincy Foundation.
Furthermore, CIR engages both the public and private sectors, with some of the country’s most successful outreach organizations–such as U.S. VETS and Veterans Centers–across the region. Approximately 100 social work interns from the MSW degree program will be entering their 600-hour internship in these military organizations in Fall 2011. CIR also administers the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative, a cooperative group of community stakeholders and service organizations serving veterans and military families.
Among CIR’s partners, collaborators and funders are:
- California Army National Guard
- Citizen Soldier Support Program (CSSP)
- Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
- Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
- Department of Defense
- Gary Sinise Foundation
- Habitat for Humanity – Greater Los Angeles
- Lincy Foundation
- Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LAC DMH)
- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
- U.S. VETS
- USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT)
- USC School of Social Work
In addition to the above, CIR continues to extend its reach by expanding its role and influence with professional associations. CIR is already actively involved with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and previously collaborated on developing important industry standards—the national competencies for Military Social Work and Behavioral Healthcare Providers.