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. 2, June

Affiliates' Corner
Public Welfare Attorneys' September ConferencePlanning is under way for the 41st Annual National Training and Continuing Education Conference of the AAPWA, which will be held in Minneapolis on Sept. 21-24, 2008. The conference will be located at the...
Arizona's Experience in Continuous Improvement
Over the past 15 years, Arizona has been on a performance roller coaster of highs and lows regarding Food Stamp Program accuracy. In 1996, the Food and Nutrition Service levied a hefty penalty for substandard performance during the prior three years....
Editor's Note
Amid the worsening state of the nation's economic and housing crisis, skyrocketing fuel costs and rising food prices, we are mindful that public human service professionals provide a beacon of hope and a sense of stability for our nation's downtrodden...
Fallen Heroes of Public Human Services
APHSA would like to serve as the custodian of information of public human service wokers who die in the line of duty. Please contact Frank Solomon at fsolomon@aphsa.org if you have such information 1964 MISSISSIPPI Michael Schwerner Schwerner,...
Fallen Heroes of Public Human Services
APHSA would like to serve as the custodian of information of public human service wokers who die in the line of duty. Please contact Frank Solomon at fsolomon@aphsa.org if you have such information.1964 MISSISSIPPIMichael SchwernerSchwerner, a social...
Federalism Is Good for You
No matter who wins the presidential election, state and local governments will be crucial actors in human services. While policy and politics in Washington are dominated by foreign affairs, we're fortunate to have a vibrant federal system that allows...
Get Our Priorities Straight with Foster Children
My wife and I are very proud of our three children. They are young adults, college-educated and gainfully employed-not "kids" but they certainly still need us on occasion. So, how does one explain to a young person in the foster care system, whose...
Get Our Priorities Straight with Foster Children
My wife and I are very proud of our three children. They are young adults, college-educated and gainfully employed - not "kids" but they certainly still need us on occasion. So, how does one explain to a young person in the foster care system, whose...
Human Service Worker Safety; a View from the Top
We all see our share of crises as state commissioners, Cabinet secretaries and county social service directors. We face challenges ("911's") ranging from child fatalities to day-today opportunities ("411's") that consume our time and resources. Rarely...
Human Service Worker Safety: A View from the Top
We all see our share of crises as state commissioners, Cabinet secretaries and county social service directors. We face challenges ("911's") ranging from child fatalities to day-today opportunities ("411's") that consume our time and resources. Rarely...
In Our Doers Profile, We Highlight Some of the Hardworking and Talented Individuals in Public Human Services. This Issue Features Jennifer Velez, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services
Name: Jennifer Velez Title: Commissioner Years of Service: One year as commissioner of DHS; 10 years in state government Rewards of the Job: The opportunity to effect change; to be a part of something bigger than any administration or single...
'My Wife Should Not Have Been Killed
In August 2004, a Kansas mental health worker made a home visit to one of her clients. During what would have been a normal visit, this worker was killed by the young man. The pain and suffering for her family was and remains deep and agonizing. Her...
'My Wife Should Not Have Been Killed!'
In August 2004, a Kansas mental health worker made a home visit to one of her clients. During what would have been a normal visit, this worker was killed by the young man. The pain and suffering for her family was and remains deep and agonizing. Her...
National Association of State Medicaid Directors to Get New Director
Ann Kohler, deputy commissioner at the New Jersey Department of Human Services, will lead the National Association of State Medicaid Directors, an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association. She will begin her duties as the director...
Newsmakers
Kevin Concannon has retired effective the end of June from the Iowa Department of Human Services.Concannon has 42 years of experience in human services, including heading agencies in Oregon and Maine. During his five years as director, Concannon has...
Numbers in the News
* Monthly child support payments averaged $425 in 2005 in the United States. Across the nation, nearly 8 million people provided $43 billion in monetary support to people living in other households in 2005.Seventy-three percent of support providers made...
Of False Titles and Writing Peculiarities
If you are a neophyte in writing, you probably want to learn to write the way the old pros do. And if you are an old pro, you might want to test your performance. Here is the lesson: Journalistic writing, like business writing and academic writing,...
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 Jennifer Velez, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services.Name: Jennifer VelezTitle: CommissionerYears...
PIO Affiliate Will Help CEO Mission and Department Bottom Line
Most chief executive officers agree that a key component to achieving their organizational goals is a strong public relations team, or in the case of public service, a good public information officer. A seasoned PIO is an instrument in shaping good...
Retreat, a Wonderful Way to Move Forward
There is an old adage that if you ride the tiger, you can never dismount. Given the daily pressures faced by the nation's human service leaders, sometimes it is important to dismount from the interruptions of normal workday activities in order to focus...
Say What?
Lawyers love to lay it on. A friend in the federal government showed me a lawsuit settlement document drafted by a young legal scribe in which the federal agency was called on to "concur, assent and stipulate" when a simple "agree" would do. Within...
Shared Parenting Is Better Than Sole Custody
The headlines tell it all: a father shoots his three children, his ex-wife, then kills himself in the middle of a custody dispute; a mother drowns her children by driving them in a car into a lake; a father kills his three children, then tries to kill...
Staff Spotlight
Name ... Ngozi Onunaku Time at APHSA ... Six months Title ... Program Associate with APHSA's NAPCWA affiliate Place of Birth ... Washington, D.C. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A Typical Day Starts With... My looking with disbelief...
Staff Spotlight
Name. . .Ngozi OnunakuTime at APHSA . . .Six monthsTitle . . .Program Associate with APHSA's NAPCWA affiliatePlace of Birth . . .Washington, D.C.A Typical Day Starts With . . .My looking with disbelief at the beeping alarm clock that every morning challenges...
The Big Apple Gets Connected
Old Blue Eyes once sang, "New York, New York, a wonderful town." Soon it will be even more wonderful for those in need of the wide range of health and human services that the city offers. Currently these services are delivered by nine agencies under...
The Future of Social Services
The ongoing debate on the future of social policy is dominated by discussion of devolution and privatization. Yet the discourse of devolution and privatization masks the extent to which the federal government has emerged in recent years as more central...
Violence against Workers: A Shortcoming in Public Human Services
It was just another day doing her job helping children. Little did Boni Frederick know that this would be her last day on earth. On the afternoon of Oct. 16, 2006, while overseeing a home visit between a mother and her infant, Boni was beaten to death...
Words from the Field
It has been almost 20 years since the first "field" day of my graduate school internship in child welfare. I was working toward my master of social work degree and my one distinct memory of that day is of my supervisor, after giving me my supply of...