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. 64, No. 1, March

'Broke, Not Poor'
Mark Twain once wrote that when he was 15 years old, he was ashamed at how dumb his father was. When he turned 21, however, he was amazed at how much his father had learned in six years. Although my father died when I was only 20 years old, many of...
CEOs with Legislative Background . .
Agency leaders deal with the their state legislatures on a daily basis. Those CEOs who have had legislative background bring to their human service work valuable experience. Policy & Practice interviews three such CEOs to share their perspective.QAHoward...
CEOs with Legislative Background ... Agency Leaders Deal with the Their State Legislatures on a Daily Basis. Those CEOs Who Have Had Legislative Background Bring to Their Human Service Work Valuable Experience. Policy & Practice Interviews Three Such CEOs to Share Their Perspective
Howard Hendrick, director of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Q.When did you serve in the state legislature? What prompted you to move from legislative to executive branch? A. I served in the Oklahoma state Senate from 1986 to 1998....
Interstate Compacts: A Useful Tool for Power Sharing among the States
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter referred to interstate compacts as one of the "axioms of modern government." In a historic court decision in which the court upheld the validity of a state's authority to enter into compacts and delegate...
Louisiana IT Rises Up to Hurricane Challenge
When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast on August 29, the business operations of the Louisiana Department of Social Services faced new and unforeseen challenges. The nature of the storm caused immediate needs for social services for a vast number...
Managing Welfare Reform in New York City
Managing Welfare Reform in New York City Edited by E.S. Savas. Softcover/375 pages/Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. First edition. 2005/ISBN: 0-7425-4928-3 List Price $35.00There has been much debate whether welfare reform was a huge success in New...
Marriage Matters: Developing a State Strategy
Family health in America is in trouble. How can the nation seriously expect to improve child outcomes given the severity of the decay in family structures? Researchers say that, on average, children who are reared in nuclear families have the best...
Newsmakers
Misty Allen has been named statewide coordinator for the Suicide Prevention Program in the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. Allen was the crisis lines coordinator for the Crisis Call Center in Reno.David Berns, director of the Arizona...
No to Negatives
We often make our readers flunk reading. Consider the reader wading through the swamps of three negatives in the following passage. "When you drive above 55 miles per hour, you reduce your savings on fuel, of course--and you also decrease your ability...
Numbers in the News
* As of February 2006, 45 percent of seniors say they have enrolled or plan to enroll in a drug plan, 29 percent say they do not intend to enroll in a drug plan, and another 23 percent say they are uncertain, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation tracking...
On Homecare Workforce
Across the nation, states and counties are striving to replace institutional care with consumer-directed, in-home services whenever possible. Frontline homecare workers are the linchpin of the consumer-directed model. These are the people who help...
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 Daniel Engstrom of Hennepin County, Minn., assistant county administrator and director of the Human Services and Public...
Our Do'ers Profile
In Our Doers Profile, we highlight some of the hardworking and talented individuals in public human services. This issue features Daniel Engstrom of Hennepin County, Minn., assistant county administrator and director of the Human Services and Public...
Photo Highlights of APHSA and NAPCWA Spring Conference
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, founder of Center for Health Transformation, chats with Ray Scheppach, executive director of the National Governors Association. Both were speakers at APHSA's Monday luncheon. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Nancy Rollins,...
The Changing Direction of Social Policy
In 1996, the enactment of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) ushered in a new era of reform of a wide range of public health and human service programs. A decade later, Congress has changed the direction of...
The Magic of Teaming
Child welfare has too long been a lonely vocation. It is nothing short of astonishing that in 2006 child welfare operates by the same core work process that characterized its beginnings: a lone social worker is held individually accountable for an...
Top 10 Stories Last Year
You won't find all these stories inside this issue, but you will find bits and pieces of them in all the stories in this issue. We consider these the top 10 public human service stories in 2005 (not in any order) that warrant your attention in 2006,...
Welfare Reform, Success or Failure?
POINT It Worked It has been 10 years since the welfare reform law was signed by President Clinton amid predictions of disaster from the left. Information reported by states, by the U.S. Census Bureau, and by researchers yields a coherent picture...