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. 66, No. 5, December

A New Way of Thinking about Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
No issue is riper for change than the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The path to effective policy change involves a 180-degree shift in thinking, from policies that deal with abuse and neglect after they take place to policies that focus on...
A Regional Workforce and Human Services Proposal
In the current economy, people are hurting. And federal agencies have many programs designed to help struggling individuals. But oftentimes these agencies, charged with serving the same populations, operate parallel programs, making it difficult for...
A USDA FNS Perspective on Louisiana Disaster and EMAC
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Southwest Regional Office assisted Louisiana in its quest to seek volunteer Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) staff from other...
Battling Hurricanes Together
Before the effects of Hurricane Gustav began hitting the Louisiana shoreline prior to Labor Day 2008, the Louisiana Department of Social Services staff had already been working to help evacuate and shelter the coastal parish population of south Louisiana....
Core
As a professional in the human services, we all share a passion for children, especially those who are economically and socially disadvantaged. What baffles me is why so many child welfare professionals view residential programs as undesirable. Could...
Employing the Unemployed, an Untapped Resource
As the adage says, everything's bigger in Texas, and the talent and skills pool represented by those receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits in the state is no exception. A snapshot of the nearly 430,000 people receiving UI benefits per year in Texas...
Hope and Change
'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' I can't think of a better metaphor than the oft-quoted opening from the immortal Dickens classic "A Tale of Two Cities" to describe the state of health and human services at the start of the...
Indiana Eases Food Stamp, Welfare Application Procedures
INDIANAPOLIS--State officials are planning changes to Indiana's welfare and Food Stamp Program, now known as SNAP, that they hope will simplify applications and reduce how often recipients must be interviewed to verify eligibility. The changes will...
In Our Do'ers Profile, We Highlight Some of the Hardworking and Talented Individuals in Public Human Services. This Issue Features Bruce Wagstaff, Director, Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance
Name: Bruce Wagstaff Title: Director, Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance Years of Service: 31/2 years as a local director; 31 years at the state level (9 as California's TANF Administrator) Rewards of the Job: Three of the greatest...
ISM Appoints Five New Regional Representatives
Many Ellen Bennard, the new president of ISM, has appointed, and the Executive Committee has approved, five new regional representatives to the ISM board. * Apefa Ashiagbor, assistant commissioner for MIS, Massachusetts Department of Transitional...
Lessons Learned from the Hurricanes
During the last four years, the Louisiana Department of Social Services has administered two of the largest disaster food stamp programs in the nation's history. Administering these programs would not have been possible without partnerships such as...
Ohio Governor Seeks Federal Aid to Battle Downturn
COLUMBUS, Ohio--To ensure that Ohioans are fully aware of the historic economic challenges confronting Ohio and the nation, Gov. Ted Strickland and Budget Director J. Pari Sabety have announced that the state is facing not only a budget deficit in...
Pennsylvania's Incremental Renewal Project
All states and local governments currently operating legacy eligibility systems circa the 1980s will eventually need to replace them with a system operating on a more modern technology platform. It is really just a matter of when and how. The how being...
Reaping the Winds of Change-Spiritual Care to the Elvis Generation
Between now and 2030, 78 million baby boomers will retire. This number should evoke two major concerns for healthcare professionals--how will our healthcare system care for these people and what does it mean for the health of health care professionals?...
Spiral Up ... and Other Management Secrets Behind Wildly Successful Initiatives
You might have people who have worked on something that turned out to be amazingly successful. These are ordinary people like you and me. Among them is David Rose. He's CEO of Cambridge, Mass.-based Ambient Devices and a successful serial entrepreneur....
Teen Motherhood: Celebrity Buzz Belies Its Cost
Teen motherhood has gained a bit of celebrity allure with the pregnancies of Jamie Lynn Spears and Bristol Palin, but front-line professionals see a starkly different reality involving poverty, lost opportunities and a cost to taxpayers in the billions...
Tell It All and Tell It First
One of the primary responsibilities of communications professionals is to tell it all and tell it fast, to be proactive instead of reactive whenever possible. It's a principle I firmly believe in--and it's the principle we, the Delaware Department...
Thank You Volunteers
Nebraska Crickett Phelps Dalene Krebs Dave Loguda Donna Hajek John Butler Josue Cabral Margaret Ahola Margie Hoffman Mickey Kotlarz Sheila Loguda Sonia Diaz Stacy Brown Cynthia Hartley Kansas Brian Anschutz...
The Reality of Fatherhood
On Father's Day, June 15, 2008, Sen. Barack Obama said: " ... if we are honest with ourselves, we'll admit that what too many fathers also are is missing--missing from too may lives and too many homes. They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting...
Unity of Purpose
The November presidential election was historic in many ways. Not only did it galvanize Americans' enthusiasm for the political process like we had not seen since President John F. Kennedy and the Civil Rights Movement. It bought forth the hope and...
Working with EMAC: A First-Timer's Account
In the middle of September, Oregon was invited to participate in providing emergency food stamp workers to the Louisiana to assist in benefit distribution as a result of Hurricane Gustav. The Oregon Department of Human Services received the information...