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. 70, No. 1, February

An Open Letter from APHSA to Presidential Candidates, National Policymakers and Other Stakeholders
Every day, all across the United States, the nation's health and human service agencies touch millions of our fellow citizens, neighbors or friends, colleagues and employees, family members - through support for finding a job, making sure vulnerable...
Change Is Hard, Amen to That
By now you have probably already forgotten your New Year's resolutions. Most everyone makes some sort of a pledge of improvement, usually to lose weight or to be more organized, or to have a more pleasant attitude about life. Yet most resolutions are...
Collaborative Forum Pilots Assistance Program Innovations
The Partnership Fund for Program integrity Innovation was created in 2010 to fund pilot projects at the state and local levels that would carry out four goals for public assistance programs: improve payment accuracy; improve administrative efficiency;...
Homeschooling and Child Protection
Homeschooling is parent-directed education that meets the requirements for regular school attendance. The U.S. Department of Education in its 2007 National Household Education Survey estimated that "1.5 million students (1,508,000) were homeschooled...
In Our Do'ers Profile, We Highlight Some of the Hardworking and Talented Individuals in Public Human Services. This Issue Features Roderick Bremby, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Social Services
Name: Roderick (Rod) L. Bremby [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Title: Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Social Services Years of Service: 7 years in local government working for the City of Fort Worth, TX; 10 years as the Lawrence, KS, Assistant...
NAPCWA Joins NGA and Industry Partner PCG for Waiver Webinar Series
API ISA and NAPCWA partnered with the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) to host a three-part webinar series on the Title IV-E child welfare waivers. The first session in the webinar series, Pursuing Innovation...
NAPCWA Joins NGA and Industry Partner PCG for Waiver Webinar Series
APHSA and NAPCWA partnered with the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) to host a three-part webinar series on the Title IV-E child welfare waivers. The first session in the webinar series, Pursuing Innovation...
News Makers
CaliforniaJohn Davis has retired after a 20-year career as director of the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency.ColoradoFrank Alexander, director of the Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services received an Excellence for Children...
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 Roderick Bremby, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Social Services.Name: Roderick (Rod) L. BrembyTitle: Commissioner,...
PATHWAYS: The Opportunities Ahead for Human Services
This month we are pleased to share with our readers an open letter from APHSA on behalf of our membership to the presidential candidates, national policymakers, and other key stakeholders. This letter - released in December - marked the official launch...
Pathways: The Opportunities Ahead for Human Services: An Open Letter from APHSA to Presidential Candidates, National Policymakers and Other Stakeholders
This month we are pleased to share with our readers an open letter from APHSA on behalf of our membership to the presidential candidates, national policymakers, and other key stakeholders. This letter--released in December--marked the official launch...
Philadelphia and IBM Begin Efforts to Improve Workforce Development
Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and IBM have announced a joint effort to support workforce development by increasing the accessibility and functionality of the Digital On-Ramps initiative, a citywide collaborative aimed at providing "anytime,...
Philadelphia and IBM Begin Efforts to Improve Workforce Development
Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and IBM have announced a joint effort to support workforce development by increasing the accessibility and functionality of the Digital On-Ramps initiative, a citywide collaborative aimed at providing "anytime, anywhere"...
Q & A: Healthy Homes in Missouri
Section 2703 of the Affordable Care Act allows states to offer a new optional benefit, "health homes" under their state Medicaid plan. The health home model of care aims to transition service delivery for children and adults with chronic, complex conditions...
Q & A: Healthy Homes in Missouri
Section 2703 of the Affordable Care Act allows states to offer a new optional benefit, "health homes," their state Medicaid plan. The health home model of care aims to transition service delivery for children and adults with chronic, complex conditions...
Raising the Locals Voice Brings Stories of Innovation to the Field
This past summer APHSA and the National Council of Local Human Service Administrators (Locals Council) launched the "Raising the Locals Voice" initiative, aimed at collecting stories of innovative practices regarding human service program collaboration...
Reporting Child Abuse and Neglects: Who Is Responsible?
The child abuse allegations on the campus of Pennsylvania State University that hit national news in November shook the public tremendously. It raised the eyebrows of concerned citizens wondering who's most at fault and what can be done to make sure...
Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: Who Is Responsible?
The child abuse allegations on the campus of Pennsylvania State University that hit national news in November shook the public tremendously. It raised the eyebrows of concerned citizens wondering who's most at fault and what can be done to make sure...
Super Committee's Failure: What Does It Mean?
Last summer, as the federal government approached the statutory limit on the nation's debt, Congress passed the Budget Control Act, which not only increased the debt limit but established a process by which Congress could consider additional reductions...
The Story Behind an Idea: Our Proposal to Address Obesity through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
In 2007, I was fortunate to join Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Administration as the commissioner for New York City's Human Resources Administration. I was happy to serve in an administration with a national reputation for fresh, innovative thought and...
Virginia Tech Students Sample Homelessness
During the holiday season, APHSA teamed up with a group of students from Virginia Tech to help the homeless and to provide the students with an eye-opening experience. Five Tech students spent 48 hours living on the streets of downtown Washington,...
Virginia Tech Students Sample Homelessness
During the holiday season, APHSA teamed up with a group of students from Virginia Tech to help the homeless and to provide die students with an eye-opening experience. Five Tech students spent 48 hours living on the streets of downtown Washington, D.£,...
What's in Your Cabinet?
How Agencies Can Collectively Improve the Lives of Children and YouthIn the face of budget cuts that threaten to erode crucial supports for children and youth, some state agencies have found a promising mechanism for increasing efficiency while maintaining...
What's in Your Cabinet? How Agencies Can Collectively Improve the Lives of Children and Youth
In the face of budget cuts that threaten to erode crucial supports for children and youth, some state agencies have found a promising mechanism for increasing efficiency while maintaining or even improving supports for young people: Children's Cabinets....