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. 3, June

Analysis Shows Americans Increasingly Rely on Federal Aid
USA Today analyzed federal data indicating that Americans depended more on government assistance in 2010 than any other time in history. A record 18.3 percent of the nation's total personal income was a payment from the government for Social Security,...
An Integrated Approach to Human Services
Today technology allows human service agencies to have a comprehensive view of client needs, giving caseworkers the best information to look at services across programs and to allocate available resources to assist customers. Having an integrated,...
APHSA Recommends Guidance for Presidential Memorandum on Administrative Flexibility
On February 28, 2011, President Obama issued a memorandum directing all departments and agencies of the federal government to work with state, local and tribal governments to reduce "onerous administrative burdens and regulatory requirements to achieve...
Being Prepared: Helping Child Welfare Agencies with Disaster Planning
Disasters are inevitable and increasing in frequency. Over the past few years, we have witnessed 100-year-floods in the Midwest, major earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, earthquakes coupled with devastating tsunamis in Japan and American Samoa, the public...
Early Innovator Grantee States Gather for First Meeting
In February 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded seven cooperative agreements to help a group of "Early Innovator" states design and implement the information technology infrastructure needed to operate health insurance exchanges....
How Will Congress Handle the Most Predictable Crisis in Our History?
The first session of the 112th Congress has been defined by a series of fights over federal spending. It is sometimes difficult to fully comprehend what the debate is about because the process by which Congress finally determines levels of spending...
ISM 2011 to Highlight Federal Collaboration Efforts
The 44th annual IT Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) conference is being held in Austin, TX on August 14-17 at the Hilton Austin. The theme, "Enabling Change: Deep in the Heart of Technology," speaks directly to the changes driven by Affordable...
Louisiana DCFS Bucks National Trend by Setting Child Support Collections Record for Third Year
Baton Rouge, LA -- The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) set a record for the third consecutive year for collecting child support payments--more than $365 million was collected for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2010, which is...
NAPCWA Moves Forward with 2011 Priorities
This past spring, the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (NAPCWA) facilitated conversations with executive leadership, membership and stakeholders about NAPCWA's 2011 policy and program priorities. Held in Washington, DC on...
Pay for Success Programs: An Introduction
Why the Burgeoning Interest in Social Impact Bonds? At the 2011 APHSA Spring Policy Forum, there was a great deal of interest in social impact bonds. The initiative--increasingly referred to as Pay For Success (PFS)--combines funding, program evaluation...
Raising the Locals Voice on Program Coordination and Innovation
In August 2010 APHSA conducted a survey of its state and local members and its affiliates. The results of that survey have been very influential in helping APHSA understand the primary needs of our local membership and have helped us develop a strategy...
Review of Medicaid Buy-In Studies
With support from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University undertook a review of national and state studies on Medicaid Buy-In (MBI) programs. The authors identified...
Seeing Things with a Fresh Eye
I was fortunate enough to begin my work as APHSA's new director of Membership and Communications just a couple of days before we held our 2011 Spring Policy Forum. Going in, I knew that the forum would provide the opportunity to meet a lot of our members...
The Human Services Value Curve: Insights from the Harvard Human Services Summit
In 2008, U.S. marshals serving an eviction notice found four children slain by their mother in a Washington, DC. apartment. A case review revealed that multiple human service organizations had contact with the family in the preceding months. While...
The Opportunities and Work Ahead
Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's Spring Policy Forum held in Washington, D.C. from March 27-29. The conference theme, "The Opportunities Ahead" rang throughout the event, with many of the plenary and breakout sessions providing a...
Training in Child Welfare Leadership for Turbulent Times: Leadership Academy for Middle Managers
The pace and demand for leadership has increased exponentially for managers in public and tribal child welfare. Managers respond daily to strong interest in implementation of evidence-based practices, system-wide agency changes reflected in Program...
Transparency in Human Services
Diamonds that are absolutely clear are the most valuable--so too, are departments of human services. The word transparency is derived from the Latin, transparere, meaning to appear or to become visible. Transparency has become a popular term to denote...
What CEOs Must Know to Lead Government Human Services: Eight Habits of Highly Successful Commissioners
The chief executive officers of the nation's health and human service agencies have the daunting job of man aging billion dollar budgets, tens of thousands of employees, and millions of client encounters every year. They must balance programs, people...
White House Releases First Comprehensive Federal Report on the Status of American Women in Almost 50 Years
The White House released a new report, Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being, a statistical portrait showing how women are faring in the United States today and how their lives have changed over time. This is the first comprehensive...