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. 3, June

Adverse Childhood Experiences Linked to Health Risk Behaviors
Children's development involves the negotiation of numerous developmental tasks across distinct lines of development. Examples of these developmental lines include cognitive development, psycho-sexual development, personality development, psychosocial...
Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention: Is More Than a Funding Stream
Child abuse and neglect prevention often invokes the notion of children's trust funds, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, and other funding streams that support the critical work of preventing the...
Come Feel That Buzz
While Congress and the House are buzzing with activities to revive the economy, APHSA has also been busy helping our members stay abreast of the buzz--adoption of the fiscal year 2010 budget resolution, implementation of stimulus money, health care...
Crisis Offers Opportunities
The passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act brings to mind an adage that there are two kinds of money problems: too much and too little. The amount of funding being transferred to state and local governments in highly compressed time...
Director's Memo
One of the very exciting aspects of the public human service experience is the chance to interact on occasion with notables and celebrities. At APHSA, we have had a number of leading political figures participate in our events. These include Cabinet...
Food Stamp Directors Snapped with New Name
The American Association of SNAP Directors is the new official name for our affiliate. The APHSA Executive Board unanimously voted to approve our affiliate's request that the name be changed to reflect the name change of the federal program. Changes...
Help with Basic Needs during Tough Times
Dakota County is 593 square miles in area and has a population of approximately 400,000. Situated in the southeast corner of the Twin Cities Metropolitan area, it is the third-most populous county in Minnesota. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] During the...
How a Friendlier Child Support Program Can Help Dads and Kids
One of the joys of my job for the past 15 years has been working with the child support program, one of our country's strongest, but least recognized, anti-poverty programs. Child support provides important resources for families in need and enforces...
IBM, Social Security Administration and Medvirginia Launch Health Record Exchange
ARMOIMK, N.Y. -- IBM Corp., the Social Security Administration and MedVirginia have launched a medical health record exchange system that will speed the processing of disability claims. Two years in the making, the system links the SSA with MedVirgnia,...
Internal Communications during an Economic Downturn
By now, we all know that we face an extraordinary fiscal situation nationally and in the states. Timely, accurate and candid internal communications can help relieve some of the anxiety felt by human service professionals during times like these. ...
ISM Conference Theme Underscores Current Issues
Despite the reeling economy, the 2009 IT Solutions Management for Human Services conference will proceed as planned, Aug. 30 through Sept. 2 at the Marriott on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago. It is in these times of rising caseloads and diminishing...
Leaders Never Waste a Crisis: Webinars Replace Conference
Citing the challenging economic climate, the National Staff Development and Training Association has postponed its annual conference scheduled for fall 2009 until 2010. NSDTA builds professional and organizational capacity in the human services...
Managing Crisis with Purpose
I became state director of the South Carolina Department of Social Services in March 2007. In coming to the agency, I established what I believed was a modest but future-oriented plan of action for the agency that would strengthen services to the citizens...
NASTA Developing Unified Reauthorization Agenda
The National Association of State TANF Administrators has been active on numerous fronts in the past several months, most critically working closely with staff at the Health and Human Services' Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children...
New Jersey's One EASE E-Link: Harder Than It Seemed
The Garden State's network of coordinated social, health and employment services, or One EASE E-Link, was named by Civic.com as one of the top 50 state and local IT projects for 2000. OEL won the 2001 Accenture and MIT Digital Government Award for...
OCS Releases Community Service Block Grant Funds Instructions
The Office of Community Services has released instructions regarding the $1 billion appropriated to the Community Services Block Grant in ARRA. The additional CSBG funds will be distributed in a separate allotment, and states are expected to amend...
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 Phil Ansell of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services. Name: Phil Ansell Title: Director of...
Preventing Child Maltreatment through Public Health
Child maltreatment is a significant public health problem in the United States. Each year more than 900,000 children are confirmed by child protective services as being abused or neglected and more than 1,500 children die from abuse or neglect. An...
Say What
A certain well-known chain has a great euphemism for the guy at the door who, as you leave the store, makes sure that you're not slipping out with their merchandise under your coat: the exit greeter. And while we are on the subject of euphemisms, I...
(Self) Service with a Smile
The recession has affected everyone. While citizens struggle to make ends meet, state governments struggle to support their programs and plug enormous budget gaps. At the same time, states are seeing dramatic increases in the number of citizens applying...
Snapshots from APHSA's Spring Conference, April 4-6, in Washington, D.C
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack is welcomed by Bruce Goldberg, APHSA Policy Council chair; Howard Hendrick. APHSA Board president, and Jerry Friedman. APHSA executive director. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Michael Coulson, APHSA ISM associate, enjoys the...
Staying Healthy to Stay in the Workforce: The Role of Health Insurance
Marcus was a manager in the telecommunications industry when he had a heart attack and, later, a massive stroke that left him unable to do his job. Fortunately, he was able to start his own business where, if he becomes fatigued, he can "just go in...
Trends in Medicaid Physician Fees, 2003-2008
The fees that Medicaid pays physicians have not caught up with those of Medicare and may have contributed to enrollees' access problems, according to these authors. Medicaid physician fees increased 15.1 percent, on average, between 2003 and 2008....
Washington Update
Congress Adopts FY 2010 Budget Resolution On April 29, the House and Senate voted to adopt the $3.56 trillion fiscal year 2010 congressional budget resolution, S.Con.Res. 13. Both votes were largely along party lines. The resolution calls for $1,086...
Welfare Cuts Could Increase Downturn in California
SALINAS, Calif. -- So-called safety net social service programs may be caught in the vice of increased demand and decreased funding, yet county officials from across the state are arguing that the programs save money and stimulate the economy. Touting...
What Human Service Workers Need to Know about Bankruptcy
During the current recession, many of our clients need advice regarding debt management, debt consolidation and other financial troubles. This may include services such as personal bankruptcy or assistance in reducing the stigma and impact of filing...