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. 2, April

AAICPC Meets in Minneapolis for Annual Conference
The Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children is vigorously planning for its 37th Annual Business Meeting, Training Workshop and Child Welfare Conference in Minneapolis, Minn. This year's business meeting,...
AAICPC Meets in Minneapolis for Annual Conference
The Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children is vigorously planning for its 37th Annual Business Meeting, Training Workshop and Child Welfare Conference in Minneapolis, Minn. This year's business meeting, training...
A Unique Approach to Meeting the Employment and Training Needs of Food Stamp Recipients
As the country lay entrenched in a prolonged economic downturn and claims for unemployment insurance grew exponentially, the subsequent need for expanded employment related services was clear. With an unemployment rate flirting with double digits and...
Congress Continues Impasse over Final FY 2011 Spending Decision
As this issue was going to press, Congress had just passed yet another temporary extension of fiscal year 2010 funding--a "continuing resolution"--that will keep the federal government in operation for a while longer but that has not yet addressed...
Domestic Violence, the Recession and Child Welfare
Clark County, Nevada, has been hit very hard by the recession. It registers one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, leads the nation in foreclosures and 71 percent of homeowners with mortgages owe more than their houses are worth. For...
Emerging Stronger: United We Stand
At the beginning of this year, our nation was shocked by the tragic shootings in Tucson, Ariz. that wounded 13 and left 6 dead, including Christina Green, a nine-year girl just becoming interested in civics, and Judge John Roll, a dedicated judicial...
Employment & Training Program Leverages Resources to Build an Effective Program
Helping participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program gain the skills they need to find and keep employment is challenging during normal economic times. The last three years have been anything but normal for states across the nation....
Foster Parents Receive More Support Than Kinship Caregivers
UT Southwestern Medical Center UT Southwestern Medical Center's study finds that children who are placed with a relative because of mistreatment at home fare better in some areas than those placed in foster care, but they may have a higher risk...
Foster Parents Receive More Support Than Kinship Caregivers
UT Southwestern Medical CenterUT Southwestern Medical Center's study finds that children who are placed with a relative because of mistreatment at home fare better in some areas than those placed in foster care, but they may have a higher risk of substance...
In Our Do'ers Profile, We Highlight Some of the Hardworking and Talented Individuals in Public Human Services. This Issue Features Erin Sullivan Sutton, Assistant Commissioner of Children and Family Services at the Minnesota Department of Human Services
Name: Erin Sullivan Sutton Title: Assistant Commissioner, Children and Family Services, Minnesota Department of Human Services [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Years of Service: assistant commissioner since June 2010, with the department since 1987...
Leading from the Inside Out: A Way to Think about Public-Sector Leadership
In the 2011 State of the Union, President Obama asked us to consider what it would take to have a more trusted and competent government. To get there, we need a different public-sector leader--one willing to lead "from the inside out." Here's the deal:...
Legal Considerations of Understaffing Child Welfare Departments
Managing a human service agency, particularly a child welfare department, is challenging enough when it's fully staffed. In today's economy, with budget cuts, high staff turnover, and other forced reductions, the agency's resourcefulness and mettle...
Local Executive Team on Workforce Issues and Service Delivery
The current economic climate has affected everyone, not just those who receive human services, but those who provide those services. We asked the members of APHSA's National Council of Local Human Service Administrators (Locals) Executive Team to provide...
Merced County: Human Services Agency Leadership Program and Impact on Workforce Development
During tough economic times, public agencies are forced to look at the bottom line. Often, one of the first cost-saving mechanisms to employ is cutting staff development and training. Merced County, one of the poorest counties in the nation, does exactly...
NAPCWA Spring Forum Focuses on New Opportunities for Public Child Welfare Services
The theme for this year's forum is A New Congress, New State Leadership, New Opportunities for Children, Youth, and Families. Attendees will capitalize on the opportunity to join and interface with prominent national officials, congressional representatives...
NAPCWA Spring Forum Focuses on New Opportunities for Public Child Welfare Services
The theme for this year's forum is A New Congress, New State Leadership, New Opportunities for Children, Youth, and Families. Attendees will capitalize on the opportunity to join and interface with prominent national officials, congressional representatives...
Newsmakers
At the State Level...Clarence H. Carter is the new director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security. He has served most recently a s the director of the District of Columbia Department of Human Services. Weal Young, who has served as DES director...
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 Erin Sullivan Sutton, assistant commissioner of Children and Family Services at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.Name:...
President Proposes FY 2012 Budget with Spending Reductions
As the current fiscal year's budget battle raged on in the House and Senate, the Obama Administration released, on Feb. 14, its FY 2012 budget proposal, which totals $3.73 trillion but is designed to reduce the deficit by more than $1 trillion over...
Report Examines Potential Risks of Privacy and Security Breaches of Personal Health Data
The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions has published a report, "Privacy and Security in Health Care: A Fresh Look." The report identifies the risks associated with privacy and security breaches in health care. It offers guidance about preparedness...
Report Examines Potential Risks of Privacy and Security Breaches of Personal Health Data
The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions has published a report, "Privacy and Security in Health Care: A Fresh Look." The report identifies the risks associated with privacy and security breaches in health care. It offers guidance about preparedness...
Rewarding Work: Medicaid Buy-In Programs for Workers with Disabilities
Ask a person with a disability to name her greatest fear about going to work, and odds are she'll say it's the risk of losing public cash and/or medical benefits. Americans with significant disabilities often receive monthly checks from Social Security--either...
States Face New Complications in Budgeting for TANF Programs While Waiting for Reauthorization
State Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program agencies are now working to determine how to recoup shortfalls in funding at a time when demand for low-income services remains higher than normal in most states and much of the country continues...
Texas Converts Minds First, Technology Second in System Upgrade
At the risk of disappointing Policy & Practice readers, the guy in charge of implementing Texas' new eligibility system insists that what he's doing isn't really a tech project. "This is a business processes project," says Stanley Stewart, chief...
Texas Converts Minds First, Technology Second in System Upgrade
At the risk of disappointing Policy & Practice readers, the guy in charge of implementing Texas' new eligibility system insists that what he's doing isn't really a tech project."This is a business processes project," says Stanley Stewart, chief of...
Weathering South Carolina's Perfect Storm
For South Carolina, it is another kind of perfect storm. Although this storm does not include rain and massive winds, its effects are no less devastating. While the United States has faced a difficult recession resulting in higher unemployment and...
What Works in Out-of-School Programs for African American and Latino Children
Child Trends African American and Latino/Hispanic children and adolescents often face challenges that differ from each other and from other groups of children in the United States. Although a number of out-of-school time programs serving African...
What Works in Out-of-School Programs for African American and Latino Children
Child TrendsAfrican American and Latino/ Hispanic children and adolescents often face challenges that differ from each other and from other groups of children in the United States. Although a number of out-of-school time programs serving African American...
Workforce Investment Boards and Human Service Agencies
Successfully serving those in need will increasingly require collaboration across government programs as demand for services rises and significant budget cuts are made. A key collaboration to address the issues of this economy is between human service...
Working on Unemployment Together: Workforce Investment Boards and Human Service Agencies
"Of all the aspects of social misery, nothing is so heartbreaking as unemployment."-JANE ADDAMS, 1910Successfully serving those in need will increasingly require collaboration across government programs as demand for services rises and significant budget...