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. 4, December

A Call for Partnership Now
When Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the Gulf Coast in August and September, they left in their path a trail of devastation unparalleled in our history. The storms not only uprooted physical structures in communities, they also brought to light...
Affiliates' Corner
ISM Holds 38th Annual ConferenceIT Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM), the oldest of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) affiliates, held its 38th annual conference in Greensboro, N.C., on August 28-31. More than 550 state,...
A Partner in Deed
If the disaster brought out the worst in nature--its unpredictability--it also brought out the best in the human spirit, its dependability and solidarity in times of need. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] While the flooded New Orleans, Louisiana and other...
APHSA Thanks These Volunteers
Volunteers from State Agencies that Assisted Hurricane Katrina Victims Ten states sent a total of 163 human service workers to Louisiana and Alabama to help with hurricane relief work, mostly with the Disaster Food Stamp Program. The American Public...
A Story of Partnership and Collaboration
SINCE ITS FOUNDING in 1992, the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program has forged a shared vision and commitment among child welfare professionals throughout the state to improve the lives of children and families. Professionals in the program take...
Beyond Common Sense: Child Welfare, Child Well-Being, and the Evidence for Policy Reform
Beyond Common Sense: Child Welfare, Child Well-Being, and the Evidence for Policy Reform By Richard Barth, Brenda Jones Harden, John Landsverk, Fred Wulczyn (Editor), and Ying-Ying T. Yuan. Softcover/227 pages/Aldine Transaction, a Division ofTransaction...
Bridging the Digital Divide
Students deserve the opportunity to enter the information age equipped with the tools necessary to meet 21st century challenges. But not all families can afford computers and Internet service. In Austin, Texas, Computers for Learning (http://www.computers-for-learning.org)...
Did Someone Say 'Collaborate?'
The use of words such as collaborate and cooperate is often contradictory when mentioned in the same sentence among government agencies. Competing priorities, turf battles, resources, and skill constraints make cross-agency initiatives often difficult,...
Florida Aids Hurricane Katrina Survivors
In response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, Florida's Department of Children and Families (DCF) partnered with other state agencies to help Gulf Coast evacuees while they relocate within the state. Under Gov. Jeb Bush's leadership,...
In the Eye of Recovery
Human service work at the Louisiana Department of Social Services (DSS) took on a new dimension on August 29, when Hurricane Katrina--and later Hurricane Rita--ravaged the state. The Louisiana DSS had experience in providing short-term sheltering...
ISM Holds 38th Annual Conference
IT Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM), the oldest of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) affiliates, held its 38th annual conference in Greensboro, N.C., on August 28-31. More than 550 state, local, federal and private-sector...
New Hampshire Unveils Medicaid Waiver Proposal
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has unveiled its Medicaid waiver proposal resulting from House Bill 691. The waiver, formally known as "The Transfer of Assets Section 1115 Research and Demonstration Waiver Proposal,"...
New Hampshire Unveils Medicaid Waiver Proposal
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has unveiled its Medicaid waiver proposal resulting from House Bill 691.The waiver, formally known as "The Transfer of Assets Section 1115 Research and Demonstration Waiver Proposal," as...
New Mexico Helps Organize Katrina Relief Efforts
Like most of the country, New Mexicans watched with apprehension the developments of Hurricane Katrina as it approached the Gulf Coast in late August. Little did we know that once it hit Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, our lives at the Human Services...
New Mexico Helps Organize Katrina Relief Efforts
Like most of the country, New Mexicans watched with apprehension the developments of Hurricane Katrina as it approached the Gulf Coast in late August. Little did we know that once it hit Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, our lives at the Human Services...
Newsmakers
Jim Hine will retire on January 31, 2005, as commissioner of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. He has served in the Texas State Department for 35 years. Jerry Friedman, executive director of the American Public Human Services Association...
Numbers in the News
* New U.S. Departure of Agriculture data based on Census Bureau surveys show a fifth consecutive annual increase in the number of Americans living in households suffering from hunger without the resources to afford an adequate diet-USDAThe total number...
Partnership for Schools
We know all too well the scourge of substance abuse, especially the devastation of methamphetamine on our communities; we see first hand the effects of poverty; and we need no special reminders of the impact of domestic violence on families. [ILLUSTRATION...
Pennsylvania Training Program: A Story of Partnership and Collaboration
SINCE ITS FOUNDING in 1992, the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program has forged a shared vision and commitment among child welfare professionals throughout the state to improve the lives of children and families. Professionals in the program...
Quality Is about Social Ties and Trust for Everyone
Economic, health, and social science research has demonstrated how our lives are enhanced by social ties with other people--our families, friends, neighbors, social groups, and co-workers. Increases in these social contacts have been associated with...
Reflections on Katrina
As a lover of Jazz, New Orleans has always had a special allure for me. As I watched the tragic events of Katrina unfold, the classic blues lyrics, "Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?" kept reverberating in my head. I kept thinking of my...
Repetitive Reiteration
Most writers stutter in rough drafts because they start off by writing as they talk, using redundancies in abundance like radio and television advertising copy. Our vocabulary is full of "personal" friend, "future" planning, "completely" destroyed,...
Role of States in the Faith-Based Initiative
Over the past four years, the president's Faith-Based and Community Initiative (FBCI) has transformed federal rules and policies concerning the public funding of faith-based social service providers (FBOs). The basic principles of the FBCI were...
Say What?
This month's euphemism for being fired comes from a friend in the attorney general's office of a neighboring state: "The staff of that section were zeroed out." Another is from a friend at the recent training conference of the APHSA's lawyers affiliate....
The Terrible Two: Katrina and Rita
Cooperation across agencies and the private sector was the watchword for the urgent evacuation of eight nonambulatory, special-needs people living in a Louisiana Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded.Announcing its arrival with 145mph...
The Terrible Two: Katrina and Rita: Cooperation across Agencies and the Private Sector Was the Watchword for the Urgent Evacuation of Eight Nonambulatory, Special-Needs People Living in a Louisiana Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded
Announcing its arrival with 145-mph winds, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, submerging entire neighborhoods, swamping Mississippi's beachfront casinos and killing 1,193 people. Following the evacuation of New Orleans, more...
USDA, Louisiana and APHSA Collaborate in Hurricane Relief
Shortly after Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in August, the state's Department of Social Services (DSS) began collaborating with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Hundreds of thousands of people were eligible for the state's disaster food...
Washington Improves Health Care Quality
As government policy-makers try to wrestle with the expanding cost of delivering health care, the quality of care within their programs seems like a luxury concern. Washington's new Gov. Christine Gregoire thinks a higher level of quality can actually...
Washington Improves Health Care Quality
As government policy-makers try to wrestle with the expanding cost of delivering health care, the quality of care within their programs seems like a luxury concern.Washington's new Gov. Christine Gregoire thinks a higher level of quality can actually...