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. 66, No. 1, March

Affiliates' Corner
ISM Conference Plans UnderwayISM started the planning for its 2008 conference to be held in San Francisco Aug. 24-27 when the agenda committee met recently in the conference's host city. The working theme for the conference is "Transforming Challenges...
An Assessment of the Privatization of Child Welfare Services: Challenges and Successes
An Assessment of the Privatization of Child Welfare Services: Challenges and Successes By Madelyn Freundlich and Sarah Gerstertzang/Child Welfare League of America Press/soft cover/307 pages/ First Edition/ISBN 0-87868-876-5/$29.95Privatization of child...
Editor's Note
If you are a first-time reader of Policy & Practice, you might not know that this publication has undergone a complete design makeover and a metamorphosis in philosophy and content. We went from a sleepy journal with little content to a trend-setting...
Get a Laugh out of Your Interviews
If you are a human service agency director, manager or supervisor, you probably would want to increase the quality of your interviewing skills and experience, from both sides of the desk, while reducing costly errors. You probably would like to get...
Get a Laugh out of Your Interviews
If you are a human service agency director, manager or supervisor, you probably would want to increase the quality of your interviewing skills and experience, from both sides of the desk, while reducing costly errors. You probably would like to get these...
Health Is a Right
Public Health and Medicaid? To many people, this can seem like an unlikely pairing. Rival moieties within the same caln. The survey and certification people vs. The claims payers. The kinder, gentler world of under-funded preventive care vs.the bloated...
How to Keep Your Non-Techie Boss Happy
Many human service agency CEOs I have met think of technology in two ways; (1) a necessary evil and/or (2) drain on their budget. That is if they think of IT at all. Many don't until something goes wrong with benefit delivery or there is a need for...
In Our Do'ers Profile, We Highlight Some of the Hardworking and Talented Individuals in Public Human Services. This Issue Features Terry Barley of Cumberland County (Pa.) Aging and Community Services Services
Name: Terry L. Barley Title: Director of Aging and Community Services Years of Service: 27 Rewards of the Job: Opportunities to create new systems don't come along very often. I was fortunate enough in the 80s and 90s to be a part of the initial...
Making Things Happen
Even though the teen pregnancy and birth rates in the United States have declined by one-third over the past decade, one in three girls still becomes pregnant by age 20, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics and other official...
Mental Illness, Chemical Dependency, and Medical Expenditures
In most state Medicaid programs, 5 percent of the patients are resonsible for 50 percent of the expenditures. But in Washington state, we're looking at different numbers. Medical assistance clients with a combination of chronic medical conditions,...
My Excellent Adventure
My father was a true explorer. Long before international travel became commonplace, he crisscrossed the world, seeking adventure and witnessing events that we could only read about in National Geographic. As an amateur anthropologist and archeologist,...
My Turn
What makes up good public relations? It's probably a little different for every community, organizational culture and individual leadership style; but in Monterey County (Calif.), we focus on four ingredients that I like to think make all the difference:...
Newsmakers
Cheryl Sparkman, director of the Division of Economic Assistance at the Mississippi Department of Human Services, was chosen as one of 50 Top Businesswomen in Mississippi for 2007. The Business Woman of the Year program honors the achievements and contributions...
Noted Studies
Total Estimated Cost of Child Abuse and Neglect In the United StatesBy PCA AmericaA new economic impact analysis by Prevent Child Abuse America estimates the total costs of child abuse and neglect in the United States were nearly $104 billion last year,...
Numbers in the News
* The total costs of child abuse and neglect in the United States were nearly $104 billion in 2007.Direct costs associated with child abuse and neglect, including foster care services, hospitalization, mental health treatment and law enforcement total...
Our Do'ers Profile
In Our Doers Profile, we highlight some of the hardworking and talented individuals in public human services. This issue features Terry Barley of Cumberland County (Pa.) Aging and Community Services Services.Name: Terry L. BarleyTitle: Director of Aging...
Pressed Together
If you want to understand the collective thinking of American journalism, visit one of the Fourth Estate's many resources. Among the most popular is Poynter Online (www.poynter.org), which provides tips and success stories that experienced journalists...
Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy Makes Human Service Work Easier
Even though the teen pregnancy and birth rates in the United States have declined by one-third over the past decade, one in three girls still becomes pregnant by age 20, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics and other official...
Regular Child Support Helps State Lower Cost of Welfare Assistance
The federal Child Support Enforcement program was established in 1975 by Title IV-D of the Social Security Act to ensure that non-custodial parents provide appropriate financial support for their kids. The program also provides cost recovery for state...
State Health Reform Efforts and Human Services: An Opportunity for Improving Our Health
The leading unsolved health policy problem in our nations is the failure to ensure that everyone can get the health care he or she needs. To understand why, consider this: An estimated 47 million Americans lack heath insurance coverage of any kind...
Taking Action to End the Obesity Epidemic
A ROLE FOR ALLIn this year of presidential debates, there is one topic on which Republicans and Democrats agree: America is facing an epidemic: a population that is obese and overweight. The potential impact of this epidemic on personal health, quality...
Taking Action to End the Obesity Epidemic: A Role for All
In this year of presidential debates, there is one topic on which Republications and Democrats agree: America is facing an epidmic: a population that is obese and overweight. The potential impact of this epidemic on personal health, quality of life...
Tampering with Who?
Few things disturb readers more than illiteracy in our writing. And when we mangle grammar in large type, such as "Who to Thank for the Current Crisis in Child Welfare? the reaction is especially heated. Readers are disappointed, even angry; and the...
The Great Turning, from Empire to Earth Community
The Great Turning, From Empire to Earth Community By David Korten/Kumarian Press/ Berrett-Koehler Publisher/soft cover/402 pages/First Edition/ISBN 978-1-887208-08-6/$27.95This book, by the author of the international bestseller "When Corporations Rule...
The Man Who Brings Neighbors and Families Together
When Gordon Johnson left the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in 1990, most people expected him to take a well-deserved rest. For more than 20 years, Johnson had led statewide public foster care programs, seeing time and again the...
Time to Reverse the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Exactly 26 years ago, I began representing "Ronald," my first delinquency client. A child with at least a dozen prior cases, Ronald was prepared to stand alone as a judge ruled on pretrial detention. Ronald's mother was unavailable; his father, unknown....