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. 62, No. 2, June

An Open Letter to Human Service Leaders
At an orientation session in March 2003, I delivered some after-dinner remarks to a group of newly appointed state human service executives. After a great deal of thought, I decided to use a letter I had written to a friend who had been the long-term...
A Spirit of Collaboration
A Conversation with Marc ChernaIn the seven years since its creation, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has benefited enormously from the spirit of collaboration and the generosity of Allegheny County's business,...
A Spirit of Collaboration: A Conversation with Marc Cherna
In the seven years since its creation, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has benefited enormously from the spirit of collaboration and the generosity of Allegheny County's business, educational, and philanthropic...
Getting Informed Consent - More Than Just a Signature
A 72-year-old woman developed gangrene in her feet after prolonged exposure to cold weather. With no relatives or friends to consult, she refused medical advice to have her feet amputated, a life-saving operation. Eventually, social workers for the Department...
Getting Informed Consent-More Than Just a Signature
A 72-year-old woman developed gangrene in her feet after prolonged exposure to cold weather. With no relatives or friends to consult, she refused medical advice to have her feet amputated, a life-saving operation. Eventually, social workers for the...
Inside Story
In mid-April Sybil Walker Barnes, the editor of Policy & Practice, left APHSA after six years to take a wonderful new job at the American Institute of Architects. All of us at APHSA wish her the very best and extend our great appreciation for the...
Leadership: An Open Letter to Human Service Leaders
At an orientation session in March 2003, I delivered some after-dinner remarks to a group of newly appointed state human service executives. After a great deal of thought, I decided to use a letter I had written to a friend who had been the long-term...
National Data on Child Abuse and Neglect
An estimated 896,000 children across the country were victims of abuse or neglect in 2002, according to national data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in April 2004. The statistics indicate that about 12.3 out of every...
Newsmakers
In January, Dr. Frederick P. Cerise took the post of secretary at the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, replacing David Hood. For the last 13 years, Dr. Cerise had been chief executive officer of the Earl K. Long Medical Center.Dr. Wallace...
Our Do'ers Profile
In Our Do'ers Profile, we highlight some of the hard-working and talented individuals in public human services. This issue features David Parrella, Connecticut's Medicaid director and outgoing chair of the National Association of State Medicaid Directors....
Reflections on the Food Stamp Program
While the volatile nature of the Food Stamp Program (FSP) allows almost any year to be claimed an anniversary year of some sort, 2004 is at least a triple-header. It marks the fortieth anniversary of the law that made the pilot programs of the early...
Say What?
The careful use of words is supposed to bring clarity and precision to communication. But sometimes we are faced with a word that will always mean different things to different people. One such word is "appropriate." This is especially true in the...
The Amazing Journey of Glenn Young
Emerson once wrote that "nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." These words came to mind recently when I learned that Glenn Young was leaving federal service. Glenn's official title was Learning Disabilities Specialist in the Office of...