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. 69, No. 6, December

A Helpful Child Visitation Tool for IV-D Agencies
Any IV-D child support attorney, judge, or child custody expert will tell us that, except in unusual circumstances, during and following a divorce, it is desirable for a child to have a strong relationship with both parents. It follows that the less...
An Open Letter from APHSA to the Joint Select Committee
When Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011, it created an opportunity for addressing major reforms in health and human services that is truly unique. The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction has been given carte blanche authority in...
At the State Level
Alaska Ree Sailors is the new deputy commissioner for family, community, and integrated services at the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, with oversight for the department's divisions of Juvenile Justice, Children's Services, and...
Building the Framework for Human Service Integration: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Over the last decade, Allegheny County has received a number of plaudits in the national media and some prestigious awards for its achievements in redesigning human services. While the emphasis has been chiefly on programmatic outcomes (reduced foster...
Camreta V. Greene-No Guidance from Supreme Court for In-School Interviews of Suspected Child-Abuse Victims
In Camreta v. Greene, 131 S.Ct. 2020 (2011), issued in May of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated a decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals holding that absent a "warrant," exigent circumstances, or parental consent, an in-school interview...
Center for State Foster Care and Adoption Data/advanced Analytics
In 2004, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, APHSA, the University of California Berkeley, and the University of North Carolina partnered to establish the Center for State Foster Care and Adoption Data (Data Center). The Data Center's mission...
Child Welfare Bill Marks Key Legislative Achievement to Enhance Services and Improve Outcomes
On September 30, President Obama signed the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-34). The law has three overarching goals: (1) reauthorizing Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services (Title IV-B, Part I); (2)...
Child Welfare Bill Marks Key Legislative Achievement to Enhance Services and Improve Outcomes
On September 30, President Obama signed the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-34). The law has three overarching goals: (1) reauthorizing Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services (Title IV-B, Part I); (2)...
Congress Weighs Policy Changes to TANF; but When Will Change Actually Come?
The summer of 2011 was not kind to Congress or the Administration; job growth continued to remain stubbornly slow in the months of June and July, and nonexistent in August. Turning the corner on the fall legislative session with the national unemployment...
Expanding Financial Education to Include Students and Families Who Receive Public Benefits
The current economic recession has tough Americans many lessons. Perhaps the most important is for citizens to know something about managing finances, living within a budget, and navigating cautiously through the myriad financial products available...
In Our Do'ers Profile, We Highlight Some of the Hardworking and Talented Individuals in Public Human Services. This Issue Features Lynn A. Johnson, Executive Director, Jefferson County (CO) Department of Human Services
Name: Lynn A. Johnson [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Title: Executive Director, Jefferson County Department of Human Services Years of Service: 14 years in U.S. Probation and Parole, 4 years in Governor Owens' office, 4 years as a consultant, and...
Kaiser Releases Findings from 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey
The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured has released the results from a 50-state Medicaid state budget survey for state fiscal years 2011 and 2012 in a report, Moving Ahead Amid Fiscal Challenges: A Look at Medicaid Spending, Coverage and...
Kaiser Releases Findings from 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey
The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured has released the results from a 50-state Medicaid state budget survey for state fiscal years 2011 and 2012 in a report, Moving Ahead Amid Fiscal Challenges: A Look at Medicaid Spending, Coverage and...
Making the Best of a Teaching Moment
A few years back I was brought into an attorney's office to give a deposition because I was believed to have been in a building where it was alleged that "an unwelcomed incident of a sexual nature" may have taken place. It was hoped that I had seen...
National Workgroup on Integration Meets to Help States Modernize and Link Systems
The National Workgroup on Integration (NWI) convened for the first time on September 19 and 20, 2011 in Washington, D.C., bringing together state and local human service agency leaders from across the country. According to the charter adopted by the...
News Makers
At the State Level...AlaskaRee Sailors is the new deputy commissioner for family, community, and integrated services at the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, with oversight for the department's divisions of Juvenile Justice, Children's...
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 Lynn A. Johnson, Executive Director, Jefferson County (CO) Department of Human Services.Name: Lynn A. JohnsonTitle: Executive...
Putting Families First-A Model for Sustainable Self-Sufficiency
The District of Columbia's Department of Human Services TANF Redesign Initiative Shows Philosophy in PracticeIn today's strained economic climate, it's easy to focus on what we don't have. Human service agencies don't have enough funding or staff. Some...
Putting Families First-A Model for Sustainable Self-Sufficiency: The District of Columbia's Department of Human Services TANF Redesign Initiative Shows Philosophy in Practice
In today's strained economic climate, it's easy to focus on what we don't have. Human service agencies don't have enough funding or staff. Some individuals and families don't have jobs, child care or even basic human necessities. It's no wonder that...
Rethinking Our Approach: Pursuing New Pathways
As we come to the close of 2011, I am struck by a common theme present in nearly every policy discussion we have had this year as your membership association: that is, for human services to be relevant, effective, and efficient in the current decade,...
Rethinking Our Approach: Pursuing New Pathways
As we come to the close of 2011, 1 am struck by a common theme present in nearly every policy discussion we have had this year as your membership association: that is, for human services to be relevant, effective, and efficient in the current decade,...
SNAP and Nutrition: States Take Different Approaches toward the Same Goal
In an effort to reduce the rising rate of obesity and diabetes among low-income families, New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a plan, in October 2010, putting restrictions on what can be purchased with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance...
SNAP Directors Hold October Conference in Ohio
The annual American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD) conference was held October 9-12 in Columbus, Ohio. An estimated 150 state, federal, and advocate partners attended the four-day event on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program topics, and...
SNAP Directors Hold October Conference in Ohio
The annual American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD) conference was held October 9-12 in Columbus, Ohio. An estimated 150 state, federal, and advocate partners attended the four-day event on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program topics, and comments...
Staff Spotlight
staff spotlight Name ... Carla Fults Time at APHSA ... Almost 7 years Title ... Division Director Life Before APHSA ... I have more than 23 years of experience. Prior to joining APHSA, I served as the director of Social Services at Travelers...
Staff Spotlight
Name . . . Carla FultsTime at APHSA . . . Almost 7 yearsTitle... Division DirectorLife Before APHSA... I have more than 23 years of experience. Prior to joining APHSA, I served as the director of Social Services at Travelers Aid, Washington, D. C. In...
The Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge: Raising the Bar to Improve Quality Care and Education for Young Children
On May 25, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a new, joint initiative--the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (RTT ELC) grant program--aimed at improving early learning and development...
Your Baby Is Counting on You: A County Child Abuse Awareness Campaign
When Sheryl, 19, asked her new boyfriend, Todd, to take care of her eight-month-old baby while she went shopping, he agreed, hoping that the baby would sleep while he watched a football game on television. The baby was getting over a cold, however,...