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. 2, June

25 Million Depend on Emergency Food Assistance
More than 25 million people, or about 9 percent of all Americans, receive food assistance on an emergency basis, according to the February 23 report, "Hunger in America 2006," commissioned by America's Second Harvest Network, an organization representing...
25 Million Depend on Emergency Food Assistance
More than 25 million people, or about 9 percent of all Americans, receive food assistance on an emergency basis, according to the February 23 report, "Hunger in America 2006," commissioned by America's second Harvest Network, an organization representing...
A Tale of Two Leaders
Once at a management meeting I heard an adage that "managers do things right while leaders do the right thing." I believe that in order to be truly successful in Public Human Services Administration, both principles are essential. Of the two, however,...
Document/content Management in Minnesota: A Tale of Two Approaches
Electronic document management started out as the little engine for the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and Hennepin County. It continues to gain momentum as it adds new efficiencies. Both agencies needed an electronic document management...
How to Write a Good Lead
There is no doubt that a reader decides whether he or she wants to go on reading based on your first paragraph, and nothing in professional writing is as difficult as writing that lead paragraph. Most people preparing an article, a report or a...
How to Write a Good Lead
There is no doubt that a reader decides whether he or she wants to go on reading based on your first paragraph, and nothing in professional writing is as difficult as writing that lead paragraph.Most people preparing an article, a report or a news release...
Inside Story
As we prepare for our 2006 summer conference, we at the American Public Human Services Association would like to inform you that Policy & Practice has reached a milestone. For the past 18 months, we have been revamping our publication from a...
Interview with a Reporter
Secretary DeSantis interviewed NewYorkTimes reporter Richard Jones on working with the media. Although his responses describe working with child welfare directors, the lessons resonate among all human services. Below are excerpts from his responses:CD:...
ISM Prepares for 39th Annual Conference
ISM board and conference committee members, as well as members of The Human Services Information Technology Advisory Group, are busily preparing for their 39th annual conference to be held September 10-13 in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Hilton,...
ISM Prepares for 39th Annual Conference
ISM board and conference committee members, as well as members of The Human Services Information Technology Advisory Group, are busily preparing for their 39th annual conference to be held September 10-13 in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Hilton, 1001...
It's All about Relationship
One of the best stories from the annals of American journalism delivers a lesson for anyone who administers human services programs. On Sept. 23, 1955, news that President Eisenhower had suffered a heart attack was withheld for almost 12 hours,...
Maryland Woman Leads Adoption Effort by Example
Many childless couples and adults spend tens of thousands of dollars and travel across oceans to try to adopt a child when they could find happiness much closer to home and without the huge expense, travel and waiting time. Jannie Hayes of Upper...
Media Strategies for CEOs
A series of child deaths and injuries in Delaware's foster care system in the late 1990s set off a firestorm of public outcry for change. Fueled by relentless media coverage, the pressure on the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth...
Newsmakers
Richard Andersen, director of child and family services at Utah's Department of Social Services, is the new president of the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators, an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association....
Noted Studies
Why Do People Lack Health Insurance? Currently, 46 million people in the United States do not have health insurance, an increase of 6 million since 2000. The rise in this lack of insurance has been attributed to a number of factors, including...
Numbers in the News
* About six in 10 low-income families (those with incomes below twice the federal poverty level) contain at least one adult who works year round and full time. Yet, more than 25 percent of these families experience food and housing insecurities, 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 Ana Pagan of the Merced County Human Services Agency in California.Name: Ana PaganTitle: Director, Merced County Human...
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 Ana Pagan of the Merced County Human Services Agency in California
Name: Ana Pagan Title: Director, Merced County Human Services Agency Years of service: I have worked for 14 years for public human service agencies. Before that, I worked for 12 years in agricultural human resources. Meeting the needs of farm...
Protecting Vulnerable Adults Financially
Financial exploitation of the elderly and vulnerable adults is a growing phenomenon. It is a multibillion-dollar business for those who exploit or scam our most vulnerable citizens. The human cost is immeasurable. What better way to combat the problem...
Say What?
Reapply If You Resurrect While recently browsing human service materials, I've come across a variety of quotable foolishness. The first is a particularly ridiculous euphemism for poor people: monetary underachievers. It reminds us that euphemisms...
Suicidal Clients: Law, Ethics, and Documentation
The "National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2003 Emergency Department Summary" reports that in the United States there were 31,655 suicides in 2002; suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States; every 18 minutes a life...
Tell Your Truth Slowly
There isn't a human service communications professional who has not described his or her job as more firefighting than anything else. Sometimes the fires are big--a child welfare program with missing children, Food Stamp error rates going through...
Ventura County Combines Automation and Collaboration
On April 3, the Ventura County Human Services Agency (HSA) launched the CalWORKs Welfare Information Network, or CalWIN, a computer system that automates welfare eligibility determination, budgeting, benefits calculation, and case management. This...
Welcome, New and Returning Local Agency Members in 2006
Terry Barley Director Cumberland County Office of Aging and Community Services Carlisle, Pa. Carlisle was settled in 1751 and incorporated in 1782. The city's Dickinson College was chartered in 1783, just a few days after the American...
Welfare Intern Program Helps Both Sides
One of the challenges I face as an administrator is the need to come up with creative solutions while dealing with constantly shifting priorities. This is especially true with the passage of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA), which has me...
Welfare Reform in Motion
Welfare Reform in Motion... NYC Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services City ofNewYork, Department of Social Services. Softcover/123 pages. First edition. 2006. Price Not Listed"It's self-evident that the best welfare reform is to...