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. 65, No. 4, December

An Opportunity to Cure
Today's environment for health and human services presents significant challenges and opportunities. Every day we see tremendous advances within health care, yet the number of those unable to access basic medical care continues to grow. We live in...
Campaign Aims to Reduce Unplanned Pregnancy among Single, Young Adults
Teen pregnancy is closely linked to many other social issues--poverty and income, overall child well-being, out-of-wedlock births, responsible fatherhood, health issues, education, child welfare and other risky behavior. Like teen pregnancy, unplanned...
Child Welfare Reviews Need Clear, Open Communications Strategy
The key to a successful communications strategy for the federal Child and Family Services Review is to focus on continuous improvement. Improving the state's system and outcomes for children and families in crisis is, after all, the reason for the...
From Tragedy to Action
No man is an island, entire of itself ... Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. --JOHN DONNE [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I think that the immortal...
ISM Executive Committee Meets
The ISM Executive Committee met recently in Reston, Va., to start the planning process for the 41st Annual ISM Conference, to be held in San Francisco from Aug. 24-27, 2008. The 2007 ISM conference, held in Cambridge, Mass., was an unqualified success,...
Learning from Ben
I work in Washington D.C., which is sort of a Hall of Fame for many who have, through personal skill and sacrifice, left a legacy for future generations. I still get goose bumps whenever I drive through the city and see the limestone and granite monuments...
Legacy in Terms of Tradition and Principles
The issue of legacy must be divided into two parts: the tradition we are trying to establish and the principles we are promoting. These should not be confused with programs and policies that can change with new directors and new governors. We should...
Legacy through the Eyes of Others
Before I came to Casey, I was the director of Children and Family Services for Los Angeles County. Los Angeles is a large and politically complex community, and any conversation about the Department of Children and Family services begins with the...
Legal Notes
Reasonable efforts. The term became a part of child welfare culture as a result of the Adoption Assistance Act of 1980. It has largely been used as a part of a conversation and functional practice. It is taking on new meaning and should cause notice...
Organizational Effectiveness: Evolution of Training
The quest for effectiveness is centuries old. Plato wrote about the correlation of system processes around 300 A.D. and spoke of "what we put into something" should reflect "what we get out of it." Peter Drucker, a more recent thought leader, struck...
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 Bob Butterworth, former Florida attorney general and current secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families....
Pennsylvania Blazes a Trail in Early Childhood Systems Collaboration
In May 2007, Speaker Nancy Pelosi convened the National Summit on America's Children on Capitol Hill to bring national focus to early developmental needs and issues among children from birth to age 5. A panel of experts drawn from diverse fields spoke...
Say What?
I've received a variety of queries, along with examples of jargoneering social service bureaucrats, this time around. Perhaps we should first remind ourselves that human service agencies are often far from the worst offenders. Consider this gem that...
Technology Advances Child Care System
Pennsylvania's vision was to end its two-door system for the Child Care Works subsidized child care program in which families participating in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families cash assistance program gained access to services through local...
The Legacy That You Can Pass Along: All of Us Are Creating Legacies Every Day. It Is Good to Be Able to Step Back Now and Again to Consider What We Have Been Bequeathed, and by Whom, and What We, in Turn, Are Passing along to Others
I am retiring after 37 years in state and local government service and feel exceedingly lucky to have been bequeathed a number of legacies that have stood me in good stead in different organizations and different positions. I like to think I have honored...
The Six Commandments to Leave Behind
I rather hate the word legacy because it sounds so final, but as I'm just ending 24 years of public work in my 33-year (and counting) career, it is worth thinking about some things I learned, some I intended and some I believe I've left behind. ...
Vision to Lead, Skills to Make Changes
A fairly daunting prospect to think about, never mind write about, particularly since it has tinges of "ancient" and "old" or, as the dictionary says, "anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor." So, while I was pleased...
Your Industry Bible
As the year draws to a close, we would like to take stock of our accomplishments and setbacks. As an organization, APHSA has gone through--and is going through--much change, with an unusual number of staff members taking opportunities to move on to...