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. 67, No. 6, December

ACS Nabs $21 Million Contract with S.C., E-Recording Solutions Gets State Certification
DALLAS -- Affiliated Computer Services Inc. has been awarded a contract from the South Carolina Department of Social Services to manage and operate the state's child support payment processing center. ACS will work with the state to modernize and...
A Lesson from Welfare Reform
Editor's Note: "Jerry's Blog " is now a feature on APHSA's website, www.aphsa.org. Please go there to share your thoughts with Jerry. There is an adage that people who fail to learn from history are destined to repeat it. I think that the reverse...
Bouncing off the Safety Net: What Tomorrow's Customer Wants
For more than half a century, we've delivered social services using the same business model--a safety net for the poor and vulnerable. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The assumptions about the people who fell into this net were clear: * They were clients,...
Child Abuse Investigations: Fibbing and Fudging Are Wrong
Fibbing: A trivial act of lying or being deliberately unclear. Perhaps a derivative of the word 'fable.' [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Fibbing and fudging accusations are rampant: schools do it regarding graduation rates, job applicants do it on resumes,...
Effective Management Is Key to Public-Private Partnership
On July 1, Kansas turned another page in its 12-year "experiment" with a privatized child welfare system. I use quotation marks because this is how we run our system for managing custody supervision and deliver services to youth in Social and Rehabilitation...
Front-Line Practice: Define, Assess, Implement and Monitor
APHSA's Organizational Effectiveness Department has been facilitating change management in organizations by serving over 40 agencies in more than 25 states during the past five years. The primary model of change management used by OE facilitators...
Get the Best of IT and Communications onto Your Web Site
* What does your web site say about your agency? Do words like innovative, efficient, accurate, honest and compassionate come to mind? * Is your web site's content current and relevant to site visitors? * Does your agency's web site support the...
House Bill Is Latest Step in Health Care Overhaul
On Nov. 7, the U.S. House passed its consolidated health care reform bill, a combination of earlier bills that had been passed by three separate committees: Ways and Means, Education and Labor, and Energy and Commerce. The bill includes a government...
Minnesota's Child Welfare Practice Model Helps Reform Efforts
A well-developed, clearly defined child welfare practice model is the basis for child welfare training and reform efforts. As Minnesota implemented its child welfare reform efforts over the last several years, it recognized the need for a practice...
National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators
NAPCWA National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators The National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators celebrates the 10th anniversary of the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program, or CFCIP. In 1999, the...
New Name for Food Stamp Directors Group
AASD American Association of SNAP Directors an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association The American Association of SNAP Directors is the new official name for our affiliate. Our new name and logo are now on the APHSA/AASD...
Only One Click Away
Policy & Practice is going online, but for those who prefer, you will continue to get your printed edition. Yes, this magazine not only has gone from four issues a few years ago to six issues in 2009 and reshaped itself from a sleepy academic journal...
On Organizational Effectiveness
This issue of Policy and Practice marks the sixth anniversary of our using "organizational effectiveness," or OE, as the primary way to help agencies improve their capacity and performance. During these six years, we've completed more than 40 projects...
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 Cathi Grams of the Butte County (Calif.) Department of Employment and Social Services. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Name:...
Pennsylvania's DPW Honored by NASCIO
On Oct. 26, 2009, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers at its annual conference in Austin, Texas, awarded the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare first place in the category of Enterprise IT Management Initiatives for...
ResCare Acquires New Jersey Home Care Business
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- ResCare Inc. has acquired the assets of All Quality Care, a Newton, N.J., home care agency providing hourly nursing and aide services, case management, wound care, pediatric and IV therapy as well as other services to assist people...
Risk and Recovery: Understanding the Changing Risks to Family Incomes
This paper examines the likelihood that non-elderly individuals in families with children experience a substantial drop in family income as well as the likelihood that their income returns to pre-decline levels. The authors' data from the 1996, 2001...
San Francisco Program Helps Jobless Parents
SAN FRANCISCO -- In the wake of reports of rising unemployment, here's a reminder about a city program that uses stimulus funds to help certain jobless parents find work. The program, called Jobs Now, offers private and nonprofit employers a 100...
Support for APHSA Critical to Success of Local Agencies
It has been a privilege to serve as chair of APHSA's National Council of Local Human Service Administrators over the past two years. Working alongside state and county colleagues from around the country is enlightening and productive; and our staff...
Texas Wins Big with Its CPS Reform
In 2005, the child protective services leaders at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services began work with the Texas state legislature on a comprehensive reform effort. As part of this effort, the legislature agreed to invest in more...
The Case for Process Management
What we found in New Mexico was that process management allowed us to serve increased numbers of clients without increased stress for our staff. -KATIE FALLS, ACTING SECRETARY, NEW MEXICO HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT These last two years have tested...
The Cost of Failure to Enact Health Reform: Implications for States
What would happen to trends in health coverage and costs if health reforms are not enacted? Those are questions that are too often missing from the current debate. In this paper, the researchers turned their attention to all 50 states to quantify the...
Tracking American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds
Child Care and Development Block Grant funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are available until Sept. 30, 2010. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issues weekly reports tracking state outlays of ARRA funds. As of Oct....
Training Mental Health Professionals to Be Adoption Competent
Across the country, adoptive parents consistently identify adoption competent mental health services as their greatest service need. Adoptive families struggle to find mental health professionals who understand the impact of their children's pre-adoption...
Welfare Attorneys to Hold Joint Session with CEOs
AAPWA American Association of Public Welfare Attorneys an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association Attorneys attending the AAPWA conference in Portland, Ore., this December will participate in a unique joint session with...