As a first step, it is advisable to establish a steering group comprising senior representatives of the key stakeholders in the health, housing, social services, police, and voluntary sector. These groups oversee the development of services across a wide geographical area—a large sector of a city or state. The members carry sufficient political and managerial authority to be effective in dealing with bureaucratic obstacles that are bound to arise from time to time and to push forward such innovations as inter-agency joint management of specialist teams or transfers of funding between organizations.
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