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. 4, December

A Change at the Top
The political landscape has shifted dramatically. Coupled with an uncertain economy, a sideways stock market, and uncertainty over domestic security and international affairs, the state human service landscape will continue to shift. With the elections...
APHSA on the Move
By the time this issue reaches your doorstep, the nation's human service leaders--state CEOs, local council representatives, and affiliate leaders--will have convened in Dallas for a major policy summit. This is the second undertaking of this nature...
As Teen Births Drop, Experts Are Asking Why
The birth rate among young adolescents aged 10 to 14 has fallen to the lowest level since 1946, according to a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "We are encouraged by our continued progress in reducing...
As Teen Births Drop, Experts Are Asking Why
The birth rate among young adolescents aged 10 to 14 has fallen to the lowest level since 1946, according to a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."We are encouraged by our continued progress in reducing births...
Child Witness, Star Witness
Despite our natural, gut-level response to the thoughts of such violence and the horror for the children involved, our systems are designed to serve adult victims of domestic violence. The potentially devastating emotional and physical effects of domestic...
Getting Attention for Your Program-And Never Having to Say You're Sorry
Like a few other great cultural centers, the Louvre has an imposing collection of art and cultural objects spanning all of human history and every civilization. The institution's appeal, obviously, is visual. And so is its strategy for gaining attention....
Inside Story
As APHSA is gearing up for the its 75th anniversary, Policy & Practice is continuing to improve its editorial content to meet the changing needs of public human service professionals. In our last issue, we promised livelier design, more digestible...
NAPCWA Looks to Chartering for the Future
The National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (NAPCWA) has begun using chartering to create a clear direction over the next year. "The NAPCWA's leadership and membership has always been very focused on child safety, permanency,...
NAPCWA Looks to Chartering for the Future
The National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (NAPCWA) has begun using chartering to create a clear direction over the next year."The NAPCWA's leadership and membership has always been very focused on child safety, permanency, the disproportionality...
News Makers
Thompson Resigns As HHS SecretaryOn December 3, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson announced his resignation. In a letter to HHS employees, Thompson said, "It was a difficult decision and one I did not make easily. But after nearly...
On Their Own: What Happens to Kids When They Age out of the Foster Care System
On Their Own: What Happens to Kids When They Age Out of the Foster Care System By Martha Shirk and Gary Stangler. Hardcover/305 Pages/Westview Press/2004/0813341809 List Price $24.95 What does it mean to be 18 and on your own, without the...
Reflections on 75 Years
75 Years of Excellence in Public Human ServicesNATIONAL SPRING CONFERENCEMarch 20-23, 2005 * Washington, DCThe years between 1976 and 1990 were marked by hyperinflation and a large scale-down of federal government spending. At the same time, the period...
Say What?
In my last column I mentioned the problems that HR had in defining what is and is not appropriate at work, i.e., where do you draw the line on dress or behavior? It is a commentary on how weird the problems are that HR staff can face that the two examples...
Speaking in Codes
A professor on interstate adoption and orphanages recently wrote, "In the current policy and legal climate which focuses on permanency for children and youth in foster care, there are few facilities that openly state that they do not seek to ensure...
Strategic Return-on-Investment: Putting the Horse before the Cart
Public human service agency training directors are trying to find ways to improve their organizations' work with the communities they serve. Many are unhappy with programs that got high evaluation scores but produced few practical results. To meet...
Technology: The Wave of the Future
Health and human service (HHS) agencies today face a swiftly changing landscape. Citizens are demanding more timely, accurate, and convenient services; policymakers are insisting on greater accountability and results; and an aging and demographically...
The Importance of Assessment in Child Welfare
For the past three years, California has been working with a broad base of stakeholders committed to redesigning child welfare services. The goal was to create a flexible system made up of public and private partnerships. This system should provide...
The Importance of ASSESSMENT in Child Welfare
For the past three years, California has been working with a broad base of stakeholders committed to redesigning child welfare services. The goal was to create a flexible system made up of public and private partnerships. This system should provide a...
The Wave of the Future
Health and human service (HHS) agencies today face a swiftly changing landscape. Citizens are demanding more timely, accurate, and convenient services; policymakers are insisting on greater accountability and results; and an aging and demographically...