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. 2, April

AAICPC Meets in Orlando, Florida for Annual Conference
The Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children invites you to its 38th Annual Business Meeting, Training Workshop, and Child Welfare Conference at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida from Friday. May...
AAICPC Meets in Orlando, Florida for Annual Conference
The Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children invites you to its 38th Annual Business Meeting, Training Workshop, and Child Welfare Conference at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida from Friday, May 4Monday,...
Advantages of Proactively Sharing Information with Foster Parents
Information helps give us real choices. For decades, especially with the advent of technological advances, the balance between the free flow of information and personal privacy has been diligently monitored. All federal agencies are required to affirmatively...
Advantages of Proactively Sharing Information with Foster Parents: Simply Put, Information Expands Knowledge; Reducing Information Promotes Uncertainty. the More Accurate the Information, the Better We Can Meet the Preferences and Needs of Both Foster Parents and Foster Children. and the Quicker We Do This, the Better the Result
Information helps give us real choices. For decades, especially with the advent of technological advances, the balance between the free flow of information and personal privacy has been diligently monitored. All federal agencies are required to affirmatively...
APHSA's Innovation Center - a Pathway for Breakthrough Practices
As we leave winter behind us (albeit a mild one for most of the country) and enter into the beautiful months of Spring, I am reminded of the importance of new beginnings and the sense of hope that can come from a fresh perspective. That's true, even...
APHSA's Innovation Center-A Pathway for Breakthrough Practices
As we leave winter behind us (albeit a mild one for most of the country) and enter into the beautiful months of Spring, I am reminded of the importance of new beginnings and the sense of hope that can come from a fresh perspective. That's true, even...
A Policy & Practice Profile of Human Service Leader Susan Dreyfus
Building Stronger Communities: Creating Public and Nonprofit Human Service PartnershipsSusan Dreyfus, former secretary of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, has been fortunate to achieve a career that has included leadership...
Breakthrough Communication Tactics: Using Social Media in Your Agency
Social networks have become ingrained as a daily part of our lives in today's culture. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have continued to expand their reach while new services, like Google+, have launched and grown rapidly in their own right....
Bridging the Divide from Jobs to Careers through Education
The Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA), headquartered in Weslaco, Texas, connects under-and unemployed individuals with certificate and degree programs in high-growth sectors where jobs offer living wages, benefits, and opportunities...
Building Stronger Communities: Creating Public and Nonprofit Human Service Partnerships
A policy & practice profile of human service leader Susan Dreyfus Susan Dreyfus, former secretary of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, has been fortunate to achieve a career that has included leadership roles in...
Fewer Louisiana Children Are Uninsured: 16,190 More Kids Have Health Care Coverage Than in 2009
As a result of initiatives implemented by the state Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), more Louisiana kids have health care coverage. The 2011 Louisiana Health Insurance Survey shows the rate of uninsured children dropped from 5 percent to 3.5...
Fewer Louisiana Children Are Uninsured: 16,190 More Kids Have Health Care Coverage Than in 2009
As a result of initiatives implemented by the state Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), more Louisiana kids have health care coverage. The 2011 Louisiana Health Insurance Survey shows the rate of uninsured children dropped from 5 percent to 3.5...
Fish Where the Fish Are Four Technology Trends to Watch in Human Services
Fishermen off the southwest coast of India use mobile phones to call a hotline to report their catch before reaching the shore. Using a simple load-balancing algorithm, the hotline operator ensures that a supply-demand balance is maintained in each...
In Our Do'ers Profile, We Highlight Some of the Hardworking and Talented Individuals in Public Human Services. This Issue Features Jeffrey Bradfield, National Health and Human Services Leader at Deloitte Consulting
Name: Jeffrey Bradfield Title: National Health and Human Services Leader at Deloitte Consulting Years of Service: 20. Rewards of the Job: I've always enjoyed problem-solving, whether for work or for fun. So, working as a consultant gives me...
ISM 2012 Is a Multi-Themed Affair
Planning for the 45th annual IT Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) conference is well underway. In January, ISM's Executive Committee, ISM Regional and State Representatives, APHSA Executives, and industry partners from the Human Services...
ISM 2012 Is a Multi-Themed Affair
Planning for the 45th annual IT Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) conference is well underway. In January, ISM's Executive Committee, ISM Regional and State Representatives, APHSA Executives, and industry partners from the Human Services...
NAPCWA Continues to Enhance Federal Partnerships
Bryan Samuels Meets with APHSA and NAPCWA Staff APHSA and NAPCWA staff recently met with Bryan Samuels, commissioner of the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF) and members of his senior staff. APHSA presented Samuels with the...
NASCCA and NAPIPM Submit Joint Letter of Support on Child Care Improper Payments
On March 7, the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and its affiliates, the National Association of State Child Care Administrators (NASCCA) and National Association of Program Information and Performance Measurement (NAPIPM) submitted...
NASCCA and NAPIPM Submit Joint Letter of Support on Child Care Improper Payments
On March 7, the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and its affiliates, the National Association of State Child Care Administrators (NASCCA) and National Association of Program Information and Performance Measurement (NAPIPM) submitted...
New Mexico Human Service Department Aims to Maintain Medicaid Access and Sustainability
"Centennial Care: Ensuring Care for New Mexicans for the Next 100 Years and Beyond," is the state human service department's Medicaid proposal aimed at maintaining the access and sustain-ability of a program that more than 550,000 New Mexicans rely...
New Mexico Human Service Department Aims to Maintain Medicaid Access and Sustainability
"Centennial Care: Ensuring Care for New Mexicans for the Next 100 Years and Beyond," is the state human service department's Medicaid proposal aimed at maintaining the access and sustainability of a program that more than 550,000 New Mexicans rely on...
Newsmakers
CaliforniaPhilip Browning is now the director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.Ana Pagan, director of the Merced County Human Services Agency, was honored by the National Child Labor Committee by being awarded the...
New Title IV-E Waivers Improving Outcomes and Stepping Closer to Comprehensive Finance Reform
What We've Learned from IV-E Waiver Demonstrations Waivers have provided a tremendous opportunity for learning more about innovative and effective child welfare practices. Expanding costs of foster care, increasing complexity and severity of child...
New Title IV-E Waivers: Improving Outcomes and Stepping Closer to Comprehensive Finance Reform
What We've Learned from IV-E Waiver DemonstrationsWaivers have provided a tremendous opportunity for learning more about innovative and effective child welfare practices. Expanding costs of foster care, increasing complexity and severity of child and...
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 Jeffrey Bradfield, National Health and Human Services Leader at Deloitte Consulting.Name: Jeffrey BradfieldTitle: National...
Poll Cites Costs and Politics and Chief State Challenges in Forming Exchanges
The KPMG Government Institute conducted a survey on February 21 as part of a webcast, "State Health Insurance Exchanges: Navigating the Challenges and Lessons Learned from the Early Innovators." Among almost 80 state government respondents from...
Poll Cites Costs and Politics and Chief State Challenges in Forming Exchanges
The KPMG Government Institute conducted a survey on February 21 as part of a webcast, "State Health Insurance Exchanges: Navigating the Challenges and Lessons Learned from the Early Innovators."Among almost 80 state government respondents from varying...
Programs vs. Tax Policy
I did my taxes this past weekend and I am happy to report that I will be getting a handsome refund. The main reason I will get so much back is the large deduction I can claim for the mortgage interest that I pay on my home loan. It amounts to thousands...
Raising the Locals Voice: Illustrating Pathways Outcomes
APHSA's Pathways initiative seeks to advance a collective vision for a health and human service system that will improve outcomes, be accountable for meaningful and sustainable results, engage the resources of the entire community, and use public funds...
The Nation's Nutrition Programs: Improving Access and Benefit Coordination and Integration
Likely to be of even greater import over time is the 2010 law's creation of a new option that will allow schools with high numbers oflow-income children to offer free meah to all students without collecting paper applications. This will expand access...
The Nation's Nutrition Programs: Improving Access and Benefit Coordination and Integration: Likely to He of Even Greater Import over Time Is the 2010 Law's Creation of a New Option That Will Allow Schools with High Numbers of Low-Income Children to Offer Free Meals to All Students without Collecting Paper Applications. This Will Expand Access to More Children and Reduce Administrative Burdens on Schools
Across the range of public benefits programs that serve Americans, and especially low-income Americans, there is a great need for coordination and integration. Clients of the programs--low-income working families, unemployed parents, seniors, persons...
VIDA: Bridging the Divide from Jobs to Careers through Education
The Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA), headquartered in Weslaco, Texas, connects under- and unemployed individuals with certificate and degree programs in high-growth sectors where jobs offer living wages, benefits, and opportunities...
Washington, We Have a Problem and It's You
The title of this column may seem harsh but in today's environment it is almost a cliche to beat up on Washington and our elected officials. Many Americans seem to think that something is wrong; something is broken; something is different today than...