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. 4, October

15 Minutes with the President of the United States
If you had 15 minutes with the next president of the United States, what would you say about the state of the nation's most vulnerable families and children and the public systems that serve them? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] That is the question we...
Affiliates' Corner
AAPWA Meets in MinneapolisThe American Association of Public Welfare Attorneys held its 41st Annual Conference in Minneapolis on Sept. 21-24 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel with some 160 attendees. The conference included business meetings, the president's...
A Letter from a Constituent
Dear Mr. President-Elect: Once the campaign excitement is over and Election Day ends, you will have been selected by the people of this great country to lead us. It is an awesome responsibility. As the chair of the National Association of State...
Disproportionality in Child Welfare
Why are children of color over-represented in child welfare? Evidence shows that children of color are not abused at higher rates than white children. Despite this, data trends show that certain racial groups, such as African American and Native American...
Do the Right Thing on Health Care
As Delaware's secretary of health and social services, I've spent more time over the past eight years attempting to control the costs of our state's largest health care program, Medicaid, than on anything else. Trying to get my arms around the 800-pound...
Election Reflections Years of Presidencies
Kennedy, Johnson, Ford, Carter, Reagan and George H.W. Bush Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan span an extensive era, from 1961 to 1989. Each president had a particular style, which shaped his leadership, policy priorities...
Election Reflections Years of Presidencies
Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan span an extensive era, from 1961 to 1989. Each president had a particular style, which shaped his leadership, policy priorities and administrative practices. These observations attempt to outline...
For Those We Serve: A Challenge for the Next President and a Commitment from the Nation's Health and Human Services Leaders
IntroductionThis paper represents the view of the nation's public health and human service leaders. We are Republicans and Democrats, liberals, and conservatives. We are from big states and small states, serving urban and rural populations. We administer...
Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act Enacted
Congress also passed significant child welfare legislation, and on Oct. 7, President Bush signed it into law. The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, H.R. 6893, supports relative caregivers; creates opportunities for...
Innovation in Human Service Information Technology Recognized in ISM 2008
Historically, innovation in information technology has mostly been the providence of private industry. Rarely had state and local government human services agencies taken the initiative to be creative with their IT solutions, and for good reason. Tight...
Introduction
This paper represents the view of the nation's public health and human service leaders. We are Republicans and Democrats, liberals, and conservatives. We are from big states and small states, serving urban and rural populations. We administer health...
ISM 2008 a Smashing Success
The 2008 ISM conference held on Aug. 24-27 in San Francisco continued the ISM tradition of excellence. A strong agenda with excellent speakers kept the over 800 conference registrants busy for more than three days (ISM 2008 was expanded by a half a...
Medicaid's Important Role in Pregnancy Prevention and Planning
Unplanned pregnancy has major costs and consequences for families, public agencies and taxpayers alike. In 2006, 17.5 million women needed publicly funded contraceptive services, according to the Guttmacher Institute. However, only four in 10 of these...
Mental Health Parity and QI Program Supplemental Measures Pass
One measure that did become law was mental health parity language that would put coverage of mental health conditions on par with other health conditions, enacted Oct. 3 as part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. The legislation requires...
Newsmakers
Iowa Medicaid Director Gene Gessow has been tapped as the new director of the state Department of Human Services. He replaced Kevin Concannon, who retired earlier this year. In his most recent job, Gessow served as medical director for Maine's human...
Numbers in the News
* The estimate for the foreign-born population reached an all-time high of 38.1 million in 2007, representing 12.6 percent of the U.S. population.At least one-in-five residents of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas spoke Spanish at home in 2007-...
Our Do'ers Profile
In Our Doers Profile, we highlight some of the hardworking and talented individuals in public human services. This issue features Ismael Ahmed, director of the Michigan Department of Human Services.Name: Ismael AhmedTitle: Director, Michigan Department...
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 Ismael Ahmed, Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services
Name: Ismael Ahmed Title: Director, Michigan Department of Human Services Years of Service: Since September 2007 Rewards of the Job: The job affords opportunities to improve conditions for millions of Michigan residents struggling to make...
Photos from APHSA's Fall Conference, Sept. 14-16, in Washington, D. C
[TEXT INCOMPLETE IN ORIGINAL SOURCE.] ROOSEVELT JR., senior vice president and general counsel of [TEXT INCOMPLETE IN ORIGINAL SOURCE.] Health Plan, discusses Democratic presidential election issues. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] RON HASKINS, senior...
Say What
Using big words has its place, but a rural courthouse is probably not one of them. A friend of mine and I were trying a charity case in New Mexico over continuing services to an elderly couple when the power company's lawyer said that a certain proposition...
The Reality of Serving
Having the opportunity to work with the current "class" of health and human service commissioners has been a great pleasure. Over the 20 years of my employment with the American Public Human Services Association, I developed a deep respect and affection...
The Reality of Working Americans
In the richest country in the world, one out of every four jobs pays less than poverty wages and lacks health care coverage, paid sick days, training and pensions. What makes this situation worse is that there is little opportunity for the workers...
The Third Leg of APHSA's Stool
Many years ago, I was involved with a fledging state association dedicated to developing and implementing coordinated human service planning and service delivery strategies at the local level. The Pennsylvania Services Integration Consortium, or PSIC,...
Virginia Ranks among Top 5 States in Reducing Poverty
RICHMOND, Va.--The Heartland Institute's comprehensive study, Welfare Reform after Ten Years, recently gave Virginia high marks for the success of anti-poverty and welfare reform policies in the commonwealth. The study examines how states implement...
Virginia Ranks among Top 5 States in Reducing Poverty
RICHMOND, Va. -The Heartland Institute's comprehensive study, Welfare Reform after Ten Years, recently gave Virginia high marks for the success of anti-poverty and welfare reform policies in the commonwealth.The study examines how states implement the...
Washington Update
Congress Breaks for the Election; Continuing Resolution Passes, Stimulus Stalls Congress has adjourned and members have returned to their home states in preparation for the November elections. Before adjournment, lawmakers sent President Bush a...
What Must We Do?
The daily headlines heralding rising food and gas prices paint a compelling picture of the current economic situation that dictates our decisions. According to The Washington Post, the consumer price index "rose 5.1 percent from May 2007 to May 2008,...
What We Do for You
When Hurricane Gustav hit the Gulf Coast states, the American Public Human Services Association was called to service, like in 2004 during the Hurricane Katrina disaster, to coordinate the deployment of volunteer emergency food stamp staff to Louisiana....