The mission of Humanistic Technologies Inc (HTI) is to provide technology tools to improve the efficiency of those in the helping fields. Many reporting requirements for social workers, first responders, children’s adoption workers, and those who provide care to those in need are still paper-based. HTI wants to take the field of social work to the cloud with Internet-based applications to alleviate the repetitive and tedious input of data that then goes to a dead end. Getting the data to the cloud allows the various entities to share data and provide and distribute resources more efficiently and care for those in need. In addition, big data tools can be used on the reporting requirements to better deploy public resources and to manage trends in the caseloads.
Humanistic Technologies Inc has developed a number of applications to improve the efficiency of those in caring professions. These applications are web-based applications that can be used on desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. The first two applications to roll-out will be the Child Abuse Reporting Tool (CART) and the 911go application. These applications were pushed to the front of development based upon potential customer desires. Both are ready for Beta testing and we are lining up Beta testers in hospitals now for the CART application.
The Child Abuse Reporting Tool (CART) is for first responders to potential child abuse cases in hospitals. Court-mandated child abuse reporting forms and an additional medical evaluation form can now be filled out on the Web and the data captured for future analysis and trending. This allows hospitals to know the exact number and nature of potential child abuse cases and, along with some artificial intelligence, can help doctors and nurses decide if a child’s injuries are the result of a true accident or are more likely the result of child abuse/neglect. Automated statistics and reports can be made as requested for hospital administrators as well as county or state officials.
The 911go application is also a web-based application that can run on any web-connected platform. In this case, an emergency or disaster situation can be communicated instantly with all of the typical first responders without having to go through a phone tree or series of walkie-talkie calls. The heart of the 911go application is getting the different first responder computer systems to receive an emergency or disaster scenario relayed to them by the 911go application. Saving just a few seconds or minutes can mean the difference in saving and losing lives.
The anti-bullying application is a process for use on mobile phones and/or smart devices that allow students to quickly and anonymously report incidents or potential incidents of on-campus, cyber, or neighborhood bullying. The application gives students and teachers an empowering tool to reduce the incidence of bullying and threatening behavior. This empowering tool also relieves the burden on the student of the bullying tactics and allows the student to focus more fully on their academic, athletic, and artistic learning pursuits. School and district administrators will also have records of bullying incidents so that they can bring in the appropriate resources to stop the bullying and threatening behavior. Real-time statistics and trends are available to quickly address minor or trending issues before they escalate.
Many human services workers and social workers need to find facilities and resources for their clients. In the past these workers have built-up paper-based or possibly Microsoft Excel based lists of resources divided by subject or need. Unfortunately these paper-based or Excel-based resource lists are fairly static and, as facilities and resource providers move, go out of business, or fill up, the resource list doesn’t change. This leads to the need to make many phone calls to simply find available shelter, for example, for a homeless person in need or for a victim of child abuse or domestic violence.
HTI has developed a Social Service Facility and Resource Availability application built on web-based technology, geolocation, and a real-time database. With a few clicks of the mouse, a human service provider can find exactly what they are looking for. The needs of the client as well as the location of the client and the real-time availability of the facility or resource provider are accounted for in generating the list of referrals for the client. In addition, the list of referrals can be printed onto an agency’s standard referral form in pdf format and handed or emailed to the client. This serves as legal proof that referrals or resources were provided in a timely manner. Furthermore, the details of each search is maintained in a database so that agencies can determine specific locations or areas of need are trending – lending the agency the ability to deploy resources to those geographic locations or need areas as a preventative manner.
Child victims of abuse and neglect as well as children in foster care tend to move a lot. For many reasons, children are moved to different living situations and obtain no sense of stability and consistency in their home life, emotional support, and school life. We know from prior research (Ref 3) that optimal child development occurs when a child’s full range of needs are met consistently over an extended period. We also know that a connection with at least one adult who is devoted to the child and loves the child is a key to the child overcoming the stress and trauma of neglect and abuse. Regularly moving the child to new living situations leads to the child re-living the original stress and trauma of neglect and abuse and leads to children questioning if anybody wants them or not.
More than ever before, as the child protective services industry learns from the past, the emphasis on creating and maintaining permanent living situations and connections with a nurturing adult is magnified. Yet Reference 3 provides a list of specific barriers that lead to a neglected, abused, or foster child being moved around a lot. The key barriers that technology can address are:
- Lack of sound assessment tool and uniform approach to child assessment
- Selecting homes based on availability not skill level of resource family
- Lack of medical insurance when the child returns home to support ongoing mental health services for the child and family
- Difficulty coordinating educational services with the rest of the service system – sometimes it is the educational needs of the child that force a move
- Infrequent contact between caregivers and case managers – resulting in caregivers leaving the system due to lack of support
- Overloading care givers by placing too many children in the home
- Inconsistent practice of concurrent planning including rigorous search for relative caregivers early in the process
The HTI Public Adoptions Search Engine Application is meant to address these technology issues and give the child protective services workers a better chance at finding solid, permanent homes for neglected and abused children. The HTI adoptions applications will never replace the diligence and passion of a CPS worker, but HTI technology can help the CPS worker make more informed decisions and support the child at his or her new location with nearby resources. And the HTI process has state-mandated reminders and timelines built in to the system to help insure that the CPS worker stays on top of his or her caseload.
Most governmental and non-profit adoption agencies currently have internal processes and software tools that help them match awaiting children with families looking to adopt children. As mentioned in Reference 3 a vast majority of the governmental and non-profit agencies are not achieving anything close to a permanent placement on the first try. This leads to all of the problems discussed above related to children lacking a consistent nurturing adult influence, lacking consistency in home and school life, and lacking consistency in feelings of being wanted.
The HTI Agency Adoption Search Application follows all of the recommendations as called out in the Reference 3 report and can be tailored for the specific needs of the governmental or non-profit adoption agencies. This application provides all of the benefits of the public search application such as data analytics and state-mandated reminders to adoptions workers for upcoming deadlines, but also includes any agency specific data and forms and timelines.
The first responders to an emergency or potentially violent situation are required to assess the scene itself, to look for potential further threats within the scene, to evaluate injured personnel, and to evaluate the course of action for each injured person or victim of trauma that they encounter. These situations can play our very rapidly and a mobile tool to help first responders evaluate such a scene and to automatically request appropriate services would potentially save lives of both the first responders as well as the victims of the emergency or violent situation.
HTI has developed a Fatality and Severity Risk Score application to aid first responders in making rapid, wise choices in their evaluation of a dangerous situation. In trying to determine the causes and extent of injuries, the first responders have to assess the scene for possible causes, look for clues that could have contributed a patient’s illness or trauma, and to try and get some history as to what event has just taken place. In the meantime, the first responders have to be addressing the needs of patients with injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening. The HTI mobile application allows first responders to easily answer simple questions, take photographs of the scene, record audio of ongoing events, and to evaluate a patient’s threat or risk level by answering some questions. All of this data is being uploaded to a server so that other agencies associated with first response and public safety can view and hear what is happening and what resources they need to deploy.
A woman dies every four hours at the hands of her boyfriend or spouse. Yet these crimes of domestic violence are predictable and preventable. The HTI Domestic Violence Threat/Safety Application goes well beyond recognizing the four typical signs that a relationship can turn abusive, namely 1) The partner will not take no for an answer (in order to maintain control over the potential victim); 2) Fast-paced relationships where the two partners do not get enough of a chance to experience their potential partner’s response to both good and bad situations; 3) Symbolic violence such as destroying objects that the potential victim cherishes; and 4) Physical violence ranging from pushing to shoving to slapping and hitting.
The HTI Domestic Violence Threat/Safety Application is a computer-administered method for conducting threat and risk analysis of a potential domestic violence situation. An effective analysis and threat or risk assessment can be administered when you know the right questions to ask. HTI has developed these questions and this software application to allow social workers and individuals themselves to assess the risk level of violence and to be given advice on further actions to take to remain safe. The HTI tool helps a social worker assess te situation by breaking the potential domestic violence scenario down to its basic elements and then providing an overall risk level. The overall risk level was derived from past similar situations where the data elements were collected and the final outcome was known.
Following the assessment of the risk level of a specific scenario, the HTI application can provide anonymous shelter and other critical resources for the victim or potential victim to take steps to get back control of their life. The shelter and resources can be selected to be close to the victim’s residence for ease of transportation or can be far-removed to maximize the victim’s safety – depending upon the specific scenario threat and risk level.
Humanistic Technologies consists of social workers, educators, gerontologists, and algorithm geeks. We understand that our primary mission is the final out come of client – whether the client is child being abused, a women or man being a victim of domestic violence, or a student being bullied. But we also understand the power behind the data that is collected. Thus each time a request for resources or help is made, HTI captures the data and uses it to improve the final outcomes for clients and to help resource providers target areas that are trending.
Data Analytics is not a specific application or product that HTI produces, but we wanted to include a discussion of data analytics in our mission. We believe that learning from the past data is a way that individuals and organizations can learn to improve their future outcomes. Thus we have developed a number of technology tools integrated with our product line to help clients, customers, and other involved agencies.
Besides the elementary count of the number of how many people are seeking resources and where they are executing our applications from, we have other analytic algorithms to reduce, filter, correlate, and process the data. These algorithms will provide both clients and customers with useful feedback that they can learn from and change their processes to produce better client outcomes and better bottom lines.
MEET THE HUMANISTIC TECHNOLOGIES TEAM
Founder & CEORuby Guillen is CEO and Founder of Humanistic Technologies, Inc. (HTI), leading and driving the organization’s purpose to empower human dignity through technology. Ruby’s captivating personal history of technical education in the US Air Force, and as a client and a professional within government systems of care, has given her the vision to unite the two typically disparate fields of Computer Information Systems and Social Work. After moving from military active duty to reserve status, in 1990 Ruby launched her social worker career based on a fierce dedication to being an advocate for the underrepresented. Through two decades as a technically-driven social worker partnering with emergency agencies to investigate severe injury/ child fatality cases, Ruby honed her deep knowledge of the social service system culture and complex data processing protocols, and its strengths and flaws. Ruby now expertly leads development of software-based solutions to address complex social service problems faced by government, nonprofit and private organizations. HTI’s projects successfully replace non-tech-based methods in social services to vastly improve outcomes for client companies, as well as quality of life for society’s most marginalized populations. Ruby is now a highly respected Hacktivist who has partnered to share her expertise and genius at hackathons that were sponsored by Facebook, Google, The White House, the US Department of Health & Human Services, county, municipals and other prestigious groups. Ruby earned her BA and MA in Social Work from California State University of Long Beach as well as an additional degree in Computer Information Systems from Devry Technical College.
OperationsJoseph Powers leads the day to day operations and project management for the organization. Joseph is a credentialed Administrator, trained and experienced in project management, overseeing HR, personnel management, programming and budget matters. He has worked in both comprehensive schools and alternative education programs for more than 15 years, in roles including Assistant Principal, Crisis Response, and Counseling. As a Crisis Response Specialist, he was the key project manager in the development of the crisis response network for the Orange County Department of Education’s ACCESS continuing education program. Mr. Powers has worked with the Orange County Social Service Agency as a Senior Social Worker, providing guidance and supervision to children that required the highest level of behavioral and emotional support. Joseph graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton, and a Masters of Social Work from California State, Long Beach.
Dr. Ray Manning
Data & TechnologyRay Manning is a former aerospace engineering algorithm expert who is attempting to apply advanced numerical algorithms and data analytics to social service issues such as child abuse/fatality, human trafficking, resource provision for those in need, and mis-placed children’s adoptions. Ray had a complete and fulfilling aerospace engineering career at Northrop Grumman. He advanced himself to become a Technical Fellow at the company. This meant that he served as a resource for Northrop Grumman engineers to help solve their most difficult aerospace and aircraft engineering problems. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman Ray received a PhD in aerospace engineering from UCLA in optimization algorithms and is the author of 3 patents and 30 technical papers. Dr. Manning is an expert in system simulation, advanced numerical algorithms, and data interpretation/data mining. He has the ability to develop algorithms to take real-life data and slice it and parse such that it can make sense to people in need of information. From there, decisions can be made regarding where and how resources need to be deployed to solve problems. Ray has shown an interest in helping people in need since his days at UCLA where the Central American Refugee Sanctuary Organization was formed to aid Central American refugees fleeing their homeland under threat of death during the civil wars in the region. Since then Ray has worked with Habitat for Humanity to build houses for deserving families and with Engineers Without Borders to build a three room school for orphans and refugees on the border of Thailand and Myanmar (formerly Burma). Recently Ray has turned to developing algorithms and web/mobile-based processes to assist the victims of child abuse, human trafficking, domestic violence, and homelessness. Initial attempts at these efforts can be viewed at www.sotechsol.com. In addition, Ray is working with The Alliance, Long Beach at Work Evolution Labs to develop a sustainable model to assist the homeless based upon recycling.
Business & Finance AdministrationLisa delivers a wide range of financial and administrative services for the company, alongside a deep insight into the numerous facets of social services, program development and management based on a career of more than 20 years in the helping profession. Lisa has honed her skills and discernment through work with nonprofits and public agencies where she supported the vast, varied needs of adults and children in professional roles across special education, social work, home care and hospice. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services and Social Work from California State University, Fullerton and a Masters in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach. .
InternAsh Lopez is a socially conscious web developer and college student originally from South East Los Angeles., Ash grew up in the small town of Lancaster. There she excelled as a compassionate and committed leader in her community. Her leadership includes becoming a youth board member at a non-profit in the Antelope Valley. After attending a web development bootcamp, she became a Diverse Scholar fellow. During the fellowship she became a Echoing Green fellowship and Voto Latino: Innovators Challenge semi-finalist. Ash later joined forces with Humanistic Technologies to change the world- one line of code at a time.