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. 65, No. 2, June

A Call to Public Service in the 21st Century
When President John F. Kennedy urged Americans to "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country," millions of young people answered the call by joining Peace Corps, VISTA and government service. The influx of the college-educated,...
Affiliates' Corner
Lawyers in San DiegoSan Diego welcomed the 2006 AAPWA National Continuing Education and Training Conference with sunny skies and gentle breezes. Held on Oct. 15-18, the conference was a huge success, with 210 attorneys from 40 states and the District...
Catawba County Excels in Organizational Effectiveness
In 2003, social service and mental health senior managers in Catawba County, N.C., faced a decision. Mental health reform was sweeping across the state; and beginning in July 2004, Catawba's public mental health agency would limit itself to determining...
Elaine Ryan Brings Youthful Energy to AARP
What do Mario Cuomo, Sid Johnson, Bill Waldman and Jerry Friedman have in common?"They are all men." True, but wrong answer."They all have made this a better world." Right answer, but not necessarily true.True and right answer: "Their righthand man was...
Florida Shines with Document Management System
State human service agencies are all abuzz about what the Florida Department of Children and Families has implemented with the re-engineering process called Automated Community Connection to Economic Self-Sufficiency, more commonly referred to as ACCESS....
ICPC and Long-Term Care
The Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children, or ICPC, has been in existence since 1960. But changing times, new laws and technology have made the compact obsolete. APHSA has been working to have a new ICPC adopted by states. In his column, Jerry...
ICPC: Consider the Children First
One of the key questions facing member associations is whether their role is to lead or represent. APHSA faces this dilemma almost daily and relies on the guidance from our leadership to clarify staff roles and responsibilities. There is always a risk...
Keep Clients Away from Predatory Lending
Social Service professionals should educate themselves and their clients on potentially predatory lending practices. One branch of the lending industry that has enjoyed tremendous growth while having the potential to wreak havoc on clients is deferred...
Managing Care for Adults with Chronic Conditions
The VNS CHOICE ModelMr. S is a 78-year-old widower who lives alone in a second-floor walk-up apartment. He suffers from several clinical conditions, including hypertension, hypothyroidism and osteoarthritis of the knees and hips. He has always been described...
Medicaid and Long-Term Care
How Will Rising Costs Affect Services for an Aging Population?By mid-century, the nation will be spending more on Medicaid, the joint state/federal health program for the poor, than it currently spends on national defense. Much of this projected growth...
MINNESOTA'S: Long-Term Care Program for Dual Eligible Seniors
In 1995, Minnesota sponsored a Medicare demonstration for dually eligible seniors, which facilitated integration of Medicare and Medicaid service delivery across primary, acute and long-term care. This Minnesota Senior Health Options program merges financing...
Newsmakers
John Wagner, assistant secretary for children, youth and families for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, has been named director of the California Department of Social Services.Elaine Ryan, the association's deputy executive...
North Carolina a Model for Other States?
The number of Americans who will need long-term care is projected to double from 13 million in 2000 to 27 million in 2050. In the past, families could provide much of the caregiving needs. However, the pool of available family caregivers has decreased...
Numbers in the News
* After rising from 6.1 million children in 1970 to 9.5 million children in 1994, the number of children living in families receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children Program/ Temporary Assistance for Needy Families payments fell to 3.9 million...
SCHIP Reauthorization Legislation Takes Center Role in Congress
The reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program may be the most important federal health legislation for the current Congress. It is occurring at a time when the availability and affordability of employer-sponsored health insurance...
States of Transition: Tackling Government's Toughest Policy and Management Challenges
States of Transition: Tackling Government's Toughest Policy and Management Challenges By William D. Eggers and Robert N. Campbell III / Paperback/355 pages Deloitte / First edition. 2006/ISBN:0-9790611-0-5 / List Price $12.95Former Pennsylvania Gov....
Your Body Guard
The best agency communications strategy should begin way before a program begins at the conceptual stage, and continue long after it ends. Your communications officers often can help garner good publicity for the program. Good communications officers...