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. 63, No. 3, September

A Drug Prevention Program You'll Never Forget
A nonprofit organization is using some creative drug prevention and awareness techniques they call The Reality Tour to present the life of a teen on heroin. The Community Action Network for Drug-free Lifestyle Empowerment (CANDLE) Inc., Butler,...
A Drug Prevention Program You'll Never Forget
A nonprofit organization is using some creative drug prevention and awareness techniques they call The Reality Tour to present the life of a teen on heroin.The Community Action Network for Drug-free Lifestyle Empowerment (CANDLE) Inc., Butler, Pa., produces...
Amy Plotnick
Name ... Amy Plotnick Time at APHSA ... 24 years and 6 months [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Title ... Publications Manager, Communications and Member Services Place of Birth ... George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C....
Federal Systems Development and MITA
Healthcare services are a complex process with long episodes of care that have multiple services provided by multiple providers guided by significant legal requirements. Historically, they are expensive because of the many lines of code necessary...
First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently
First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently By Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman. Hardcover/271 pages/Simon & Schuster, 1999/ISBN 0-684-85286-1 List Price $26Many books are devoted to management techniques or finding...
Food Stamp Nutrition Education: Promoting Healthy Eating
Making healthy food choices is a challenge for everyone, and especially for children, who are subject to innumerable influences in their environment as they develop preferences and practices that will last a lifetime. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In...
Homage to Don Jose: 'It's a Wonderful Life'
I have a confession to make. In my spare time, I love to watch old movies, especially those from the 1930s and 1940s. My preference is for the really nostalgic and sentimental flicks in which the good folks always win out and the endings are happy....
Illinois Program Promotes Family Economic Success
The enactment of the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act ushered in a new set of demands for public human service agencies and the clients they serve. The law replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children with the...
Individual Liability of Supervisors
Supervisors are often named as defendants in lawsuits even though they have no direct involvement in the event itself. Individuals alleging discrimination or other wrongful behavior in the workplace frequently sue both the agency and their supervisors....
Inside Story
Management is one of those areas where academic theory and best practices on site often clash. The problem is that there are usually 99 theories (often provided by professors with limited experience) for every good study of outstanding practices by...
Knowledge Management: Key to Georgia's Succession Planning Efforts
Baby boomers play a significant role in America today. Their impact is notably demonstrated by the vast media campaigns vying for their economic power. A second contributing factor to consider is that baby boomers are also nearing and entering retirement...
Medicaid Reform Begins and Ends with States
We've seen the headlines; heard the television reports; listened to the talk around the water cooler. It's the topic of every Medicaid office in the country. Reform. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Most people agree it's needed, but not everyone agrees...
Michigan Builds Leadership Inside the Organization
Imagine the looming threat of 75 percent of your top leaders retiring in the next few years. That is the challenge the Leadership Academy was created to meet. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In 2001, the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) projected...
National Summer Conference
July 17-19, 20051. APHSA Board members Gary Stangler, executive director of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative; Jim Hine, commissioner of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services; Deborah Marley, assistant secretary of Washington's...
National Summer Conference: July 17-19, 2005
1. APHSA Board members Gary Stangler, executive director of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative; Jim Hine, commissioner of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services; Deborah Marley, assistant secretary of Washington's Economic...
Newsmakers
Sidonie "Sydney" Squier in June became director of the Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she is responsible for administering the Temporary Assistance for Needy...
Numbers in the News
In 2004, the U.S. poverty rate increased to 12.7 percent, from 12.5 percent in 2003. In addition, the poverty rate rose last year for working-age people, those ages 18 to 64. In 2004, the median pay of full-time male workers dropped more than 2...
Numbers in the News
In 2004, the U.S. poverty rate increased to 12.7 percent, from 12.5 percent in 2003. In addition, the poverty rate rose last year for working-age people, those ages 18 to 64.In 2004, the median pay of full-time male workers dropped more than 2 percent,...
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 David Sanders of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. Name: David Sanders [ILLUSTRATION...
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 David Sanders of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.Name: David SandersTitle: Director of...
Social Enterprise Management: Transforming Government Service Delivery
Citizen Service, long an oxymoron, is becoming an attainable goal. From New York to Utah and from Louisiana to British Columbia, forward-looking state and provincial governments are embracing a new Social Enterprise Management (SEM) business model...
Social Enterprise Management: Transforming Government Service Delivery
Citizen Service, long an oxymoron, is becoming an attainable goal. From New York to Utah and from Louisiana to British Columbia, forward-looking state and provincial governments are embracing a new Social Enterprise Management (SEM) business model to...
Staff Spotlight
Name . . .Amy PlotnickTime at APHSA . . .24 years and 6 monthsTitle . . .Publications Manager, Communications and Member ServicesPlace of Birth . . .George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C.A Typical Day Starts With . . .The really "good...
Succession Planning: Attitude, Action, and a Nurturing Environment
From the day Karl Kurtz, director of Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare, took the reigns of the agency, he has been attentive to succession management, working with department leadership to raise their consciousness about the issue. While...
Succession Planning: There Are No Magic Bullets
We find ourselves talking these days about succession planning with a tinge of panic in our voices. Baby boomer retirements, early-outs, and staff "who just aren't ready" are daily topics in human service agencies. Many states are doing an admirable...
Write with the Reader in Mind
Some of us write as if our messages are intended for ourselves. They like to show off their big words and involved sentence structure. Because they are their own audience, they seldom bother to write or organize messages so that they can be easily...