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. 69, No. 1, February

Advance Planning Document Process
The Advance Planning Document process regulates how federal agencies approve and fund changes and upgrades to state information systems that drive 21st century health and human service programs. APDs have unfortunately long been a serious complication...
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A Few Thoughts
First, let me express my thanks to everyone who voted for me to be the president of the board of APHSA. This is a great honor as well as a great responsibility. I will always work to not let you down. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Let me tell you a...
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A Time of Transition
Although as I write this column, 2010 has yet to come to a close, by the time you read it, we will have ushered in the New Year and with it, the beginning of a new decade. In our world, the transition is not just a symbolic one, but a very real one,...
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Blueprint for Success: Massachusetts' Insurance Exchange
Around the country, state policymakers are puzzling over how to rapidly design, implement and operate health insurance exchanges. Given that few people have ever seen an insurance exchange, much less built one, many are understandably looking to Massachusetts'...
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"Employment Options: The Ultimate Resource for Job Seekers with Disabilities and Other Challenges"
The unemployment rates for people with disabilities, veterans, seniors, and individuals with criminal backgrounds far exceed the national average. Vieillet has created a workbook that provides a confidence-building approach for all those who face employment...
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Final Child Welfare Action in the 111th Congress
When it comes to needy children and families, lawmakers in the 112th Congress will have a full plate, with much of the legislation left over from 2010. The 111th Congress did achieve passage of one piece of legislation that had been pending since 2008--reauthorization...
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Health Services Resolution
The American Public Human Services Association announces its enhanced member service array in the area of health services for low-income populations. On Dec. 9, 2010 the APHSA Board of Directors met to discuss the future role of health services...
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Health Services Resolution
The American Public Human Services Association announces its enhanced member service array in the area of health services for low-income populations.On Dec. 9, 2010 the APHSA Board of Directors met to discuss the future role of health services support...
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Implementing Health Care Reform
"EXCITING" AND "CHALLENGING" are just two of the words that might describe the constantly progressing and changing landscape of health care reform and its implementation. As the federal government continues to clarify and refine the intent of the Patient...
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News Makers
At the State Level...Michelle Saddler has returned to her former position as head of the Illinois Department of Human Services.Brenda Harvey, former commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, joined the New England States Consortium...
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Open Letter to APHSA Members from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Dear State and Local Human Service Professionals: [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Since 1930, the American Public Human Services Association has been a critical link between the federal government and state and local human service agencies, helping them...
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Our Doers Profile
In Our Do'ers Profile, we highlight some of the hardworking and talented individuals in public human services. This issue features Russell Sykes, deputy commissioner, Center for Employment and Economic Supports, New York State Office of Temporary and...
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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 Russell Sykes, deputy commissioner, Center for Employment and Economic Supports, New York State Office of Temporary and...
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Prospects for TANF Reauthorization
President John F. Kennedy once said, "Any system of government will work when everything is going well. It's the system that functions in the pinches that survives." In 2011, the 112th Congress will be expected to continue the work of rebuilding a...
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Psychotropic Medications and Children in Foster Care
In November leaders from Medicaid, child welfare and representatives from partner organizations met at the NAPCWA Fall Policy Summit to identify strategies to better coordinate and deliver health care to children in foster care. This health care portion...
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Receive Child Protection Reports by E-Mail? Why Not!
Over the last several years, we have received e-mails from our county's web master regarding child protection concerns. It would usually be from a family member asking a question or reporting a concern. Many times, there would be little information...
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Report Reveals County CalFresh Participation Rates
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. -- The California Food Policy Advocates report that Santa Barbara is missing out on an estimated $47 million in federal benefits per year due to underutilization, despite an increased participation in food stamps, called...
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Report Reveals County CalFresh Participation Rates
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - The California Food Policy Advocates report that Santa Barbara is missing out on an estimated $47 million in federal benefits per year due to underutilization, despite an increased participation in food stamps, called CalFresh,...
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Report Shows Steady Decrease in Child Abuse and Neglect
Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services "Child Maltreatment 2009" (the 20th year of reporting) shows a steady decrease in the number of victims who suffered maltreatment for the third consecutive year....
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Report Shows Steady Decrease in Child Abuse and Neglect
Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services"Child Maltreatment 2009" (the 20th year of reporting) shows a steady decrease in the number of victims who suffered maltreatment for the third consecutive year. Data...
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Setting Your Organizational Aim
Vision, mission, values, goals, desired outcomes, initiatives, action plans are all key elements that leaders use to help steer their organization in the direction that they would like it to go. All leaders, but especially new leaders, need to be adept...
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Standardizing Risk Assessment in Adult Protective Services
Adult protective services programs are at a critical juncture. While the elderly population is increasing rapidly, APS programs remain at a disadvantage for stable funding and growth without a standardized approach to risk assessment and intervention...
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States Get Bonuses for Boosting Enrollment for Uninsured Children in Medicaid
On Dec. 27, 2010, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius awarded $206 million to 15 states for making significant progress in enrolling uninsured children in Medicaid. The 2010 bonuses were more than double the $75 million awarded to 10 states last year....
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States Get Bonuses for Boosting Enrollment for Uninsured Children in Medicaid
On Dec. 27, 2010, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius awarded $206 million to 15 states for making significant progress in enrolling uninsured children in Medicaid. The 2010 bonuses were more than double the $75 million awarded to 10 states last year."Today's...
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TANF Administrators Association Welcomes New Chairperson
The National Association of State TANF Administrators is pleased to welcome Paul Lefkowitz as its newest chairperson, succeeding former NASTA Chairperson Russell Sykes, as of Jan. 1, 2011. Lefkowitz is the Family Assistance Policy director with the...
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TANF Administrators Association Welcomes New Chairperson
The National Association of State TANF Administrators is pleased to welcome Paul Lefkowitz as its newest chairperson, succeeding former NASTA Chairperson Russell Sykes, as of Jan. 1, 2011. Lefkowitz is the Family Assistance Policy director with the Tennessee...
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The National Policy Outlook for 2011
As this issue of Policy & Practice went to press, the 111th Congress was about to end its short but intensive "lame-duck" session--called after the November 2010 elections and composed of members who will continue holding their seats in 2011 as...
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The Relativity of Public Employment
Creativity and originality--these are traits not often attributed to public servants. Yet one of the most creative and imaginative thinkers of modern times produced his greatest work while he was a government employee. Albert Einstein stated that...
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U.S. Census Bureau Announces 2010 Census Population Counts
The U.S. Census Bureau announced on Dec. 21, 2010, that the 2010 Census showed the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2010, was 308,745,538. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The resident population represented an increase of 9.7 percent...
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U.S. Census Bureau Announces 2010 Census Population Counts
The U.S. Census Bureau announced on Dec. 21, 2010, that the 2010 Census showed the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2010, was 308,745,538.The resident population represented an increase of 9.7 percent over the 2000 U.S. resident population...
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Washington Update
On Nov. 15, 2010, House and Senate members returned to Washington for the post-election lameduck session. Although the lawmakers were at work for barely four weeks, they enacted a surprisingly large volume of significant legislation, including a number...
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What I Learned
As I write this I am in the middle of my fifth year serving in the Kansas governor's Cabinet. During this time I have worked for two governors (Sebelius and Parkinson) and led two agencies (the Juvenile Justice Authority and the Department of Social...
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