Policy & Practice

A professional journal publishing articles on current health and human services issues for wide audience. Coverage includes social policy issues, reports of significant works of human service practitioners, social work theory and legislation, and editoria

Articles from Vol. 65, No. 3, September

Affiliates' Corner
ISM's 40th Annual Conference a Smashing SuccessISM held its 40th annual national conference in Cambridge, Mass., Aug. 5-8, which drew more than 800 attendees, representing state, local, federal and private-sector agencies from 49 states, Canada and Britain....
Calling for Consumer Directed and Inclusively Designed Technology
A regretful irony of the telephone is that it sprang out of Alexander Graham Bell's efforts to devise speech communication instruments for deaf people. Instead, by premising human speech and hearing as the isolated means of telecommunication, the telephone...
Disabled Face Multiple Barriers to Employment
In recent decades, there has been an increased expectation that individuals with disabilities should have the opportunity to work. This is evident in the passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act and Ticket to...
Don't Hide When the News Turns Ugly
What would you do if a foster parent killed a child? What if a child returns home from state care and is murdered by a parent? What if a child in state custody disappears? What if someone hides information to prevent your agency from looking bad? ...
Finances and Affordability of Caregiving
More than 51 million Americans have a disability. This represents nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population. Of Americans 65 and older, more than half have a disability. From a family perspective, nearly 29 percent of all American families (approximately...
Food Stamp Challenges Sweep the Country
New "Diet" Taken by Governors, Administrators and Members of Congress Draws National SpotlightOregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski had tried for four years to focus attention on the issue of hunger in his state. This year, his advocacy struck a chord, turning...
Food Stamp Challenges Sweep the Country: New "Diet" Taken by Governors, Administrators and Members of Congress Draws National Spotlight
Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski had tried for four years to focus attention on the issue of hunger in his state. This year, his advocacy struck a chord, turning him into a national media celebrity and placing hunger at the forefront of public awareness....
How to Write a Board Report
Reports are the most common types of documents that we are required to create, writing about what we do at work most of the time. There are many different kinds of reports; each report has a different structure, depending on its purpose, audience and...
Information Technology Is NOT about Technology
One day in a meeting at the Oregon Department of Human Services, someone proposed automating an existing process. I was opposed to it, prompting the agency's deputy director to say, "I'm amazed that our chief information officer is against a technology...
Interactive Process for Hiring the Disabled
Disability discrimination law is distinct from most other employment discrimination laws in several ways. Most civil rights laws simply require equal treatment or non-discrimination. Disability discrimination laws require that, but in many situations...
Musing on Policy
Dean Atchison once wrote that "the purpose of memos is seldom, if ever, to inform the reader. Rather, they are almost always intended to protect the writer." I think the same could be true for much of the policy development activity that occurs in human...
Musings on Policy
Dean Atchison once wrote that "the purpose of memos is seldom, if ever, to inform the reader. Rather, they are almost always intended to protect the writer." I think the same could be true for much of the policy development activity that occurs in...
My Turn
For those of us who have raised children, it would be absurd for us to tell our 18-year-old that we will give a little money for college, but not keep him on our health insurance (which for many of us goes to age 23 or 25 on our employer-based policies)....
News Makers
Ismael Ahmed, executive director of the Dearborn-based Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, has been named director of the Michigan Department of Human Services. He replaces Marianne Udow, who became director of the Center for Healthcare...
Noted Studies
Reauthorizing SCHIP: Opportunities for Promoting Effective Health Coverage and High-Quality Care for Children and AdolescentsOver the last decade, the State Children's Health Insurance Program has expanded access to health coverage for millions of children,...
Numbers in the News
* Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program, food stamps, child care subsidies and the earned income tax credit form the core work-support system for America's lowincome working families. Federal and state governments spent $131 billion...
Our Do'ers Profile
In Our Do'ers Profile, we highlight some of the hardworking and talented individuals in public human services. This issue features James W. Payne. Name: James W. Payne [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Title: Director, Department of Child Services, Indiana...
Our Do'ers Profile
In Our Do'ers Profile, we highlight some of the hardworking and talented individuals in public human services. This issue features James W. Payne.Name: James W. PayneTitle: Director, Department of Child Services, IndianaYears of Service: Two and a half...
Quality through Equality: People with Disabilities as Employees and Customers
People with disabilities are an important part of your workforce. They are also your customers. They make up 18 percent of the population, according to U.S Census data. Considering disability issues is a part of policy development that can improve...
Reaching for New Heights
Much has happened at the American Public Human Services Association since the last issue of Policy & Practice. A number of employees have moved on and we are recruiting new talents. The occasion provided APHSA with an opportunity for self-examination...
The Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy
The Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy By Joel Blau and Mimi Abramovitz/Hardcover/528 pages Oxford University Press, USA/Second Edition 2007/ISBN: 0195109686/List Price $64.34 The Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy, second edition, reinvents...
Worker Safety: A Hidden Issue
"The murder of Boni Frederick will change our agency's culture. We will not stop until our workers are safer. No public servants deserve this more!" Kentucky Health and Family Services Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell There is nothing more tragic than...
Working and Poor: How Economic and Policy Changes Are Affecting Low-Wage Workers
Working and Poor: How Economic and Policy Changes Are Affecting Low-Wage Workers Edited by Rebecca Blank, Sheldon Danziger and Robert Schoeni/Cloth/448 pages Russell Sage Foundation Publications/January 2007/ISBN: 978-0-87154-075-1/ List Price $49.95Over...