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. 70, No. 3, June

A Conversation on Social Service Policy
David Ellwood has long been a figure in the story of America's welfare program. With a background in Economics, Ellwood was pivotal in President Clinton's Working Group on Welfare Reform, a major force in the development of what would become the Temporary...
A Conversation on Social Service Policy with David Ellwood
David Ellwood has long been a figure in the story of America's welfare program. With a background in Economics, Ellwood was pivotal in President Clinton's Working Group on Welfare Reform, a major force in the development of what would become the Temporary...
A Pathways Policy Brief: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Opportunities for SNAP to Support APHSA's Vision for a Transformed Human Services SystemThe American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and its members, including the appointed state human service commissioners, are pleased to present this overview...
A Pathways Policy Brief: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Opportunities for SNAP to Support APHSA's Vision for a Transformed Human Services System
The American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and its members, including the appointed state human service commissioners, are pleased to present this overview of our vision for a transformed human service system and for the outcomes such a...
A Pathways Policy Brief: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Opportunities for TANF to Support APHSA's Vision for a Transformed Human Services SystemThe American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and its members, including the appointed state human service commissioners, are pleased to present this overview...
A Pathways Policy Brief: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: Opportunities for TANF to Support APHSA's Vision for a Transformed Human Services System
The American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and its members, including the appointed state human service commissioners, are pleased to present this overview of our vision for a transformed human service system and for the outcomes such a...
APHSA and NAPCWA Members Receive Annual ACYF Commissioner's Awards
On April 19, the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF) recognized individuals from across the country for their outstanding contributions in promoting the safety and well-being of children and families in their communities. ACYF noted...
APHSA and NAPCWA Members Receive Annual ACYF Commissioner's Awards
On April 19, the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF) recognized individuals from across the country for their outstanding contributions in promoting the safety and well-being of children and families in their communities. ACYF noted...
Fostering Innovation through Title IV-E Waiver Demonstrations
How many times as a child welfare practitioner or administrator have you thought: I could do much better by this child if only I could use the Title IV-E dollars my state receives differently than to spend them solely on child placement administration...
Linda Saterfield Becomes New NASCCA Chair; Julie Ingersoll Is Vice Chair
The National Association of State Child Care Administrators (NASCCA) announces its new Chair, Linda Saterfield, director of the newly created Division of Family and Community Services within the Illinois Department of Human Services. As NASCCA's Chair,...
Linda Saterfield Becomes New NASCCA Chair; Julie Ingersoll Is Vice Chair
The National Association of State Child Care Administrators (NASCCA) announces its new Chair, Linda Saterfield, director of the newly created Division of Family and Community Services within the Illinois Department of Human Services. As NASCCA's Chair,...
Managing Change in a County Human Services Agency
Change management is like a recipe: take a set of ingredients and a series of steps to achieve a specific outcome. There are hundreds of books and thousands of articles that provide detailed instructions on how to follow a change management recipe....
NAPCWA Hosts All-State Calls in Partnership with ACYF
NAPCWA, along with the Office of the Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, hosted calls with state and local leaders on recently released information memorandums. * Call Hosted on ACYF Information Memorandum on Social...
NAPCWA Hosts All-State Calls in Partnership with ACYF
NAPCWA, along with the Office of the Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, hosted calls with state and local leaders on recently released information memorandums.* Call Hosted on ACYF Information Memorandum on Social and...
National Workgroup on Integration's Governance Guidance Paves the Way for Health and Human Service Collaboration
The National Workgroup on Integration (NWI) released its Governance Guidance on April 13, which is aimed to assist states and localities in establishing and operating a governance body to implement the integrated vision for health and human services....
Non-Abused Siblings Who Remain at Home: A Dangerous Child Protective Services Intersection
A recent study identifies the nation's most dangerous traffic intersection. It's at Flamingo Road and Pines Boulevard in Pembroke Pines, Florida. The insurance company engineer who compiled the report notes that the intersection meets appropriate design...
NSDTA Offers Support for APHSA's Pathways Initiative
The National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) has adopted a statement of support for the APHSA Pathways initiative. As APHSA's training and development affiliate, NSDTA applauds the Pathways vision of a revitalized human service...
NSDTA Offers Support for APHSA's Pathways Initiative
The National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) has adopted a statement of support for the APHSA Pathways initiative.As APHSA's training and development affiliate, NSDTA applauds the Pathways vision of a revitalized human service system...
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 Rickey Berry, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Name:...
Plenty of Reasons to Go to Conferences
The conference season is upon us and we conveners are feeling the heat. It is a particularly rough time for the conference business, especially for meetings related to government. Travel budgets are tight and it gets harder and harder to authorize...
Sustainability of Change
Years of experience facilitating and supporting continuous improvement efforts across the country have led us to many lessons learned about good practices for change management. Most, if not all, of these lessons can be categorized under the heading...
The ART of the POSSIBLE
Leading Change in Human ServicesAn autistic child must go to a residential treatment facility because his school cannot manage him - his mother, who is the only one who has the soothing touch her child responds to, is forced to give up custody. Thinking...
The Art of the Possible: Leading Change in Human Services
An autistic child must go to a residential treatment facility because his school cannot manage him--his mother, who is the only one who has the soothing touch her child responds to, is forced to give up custody. Thinking creatively, human service practitioners...
Today's Expertise for Tomorrow's Solutions-Leading Us Down New Paths
Today's Expertise for Tomorrow's Solutions ... we adopted that tagline about a year ago and I continue to believe that it is truly reflective of what our membership brings to the table every day in pursuit of better outcomes for children and families....
Washington's Journey with Evidence-Based and Research-Based Programs in Juvenile Justice
The use of evidence-based and research-based programs has been a part of juvenile justice in the state of Washington for more than a decade. Successful implementation of "programs that work" has depended on strong joint leader ship, a spirit of cooperation,...
Wisconsin's Efforts in Change Management through OE Efforts
In an effort to expand professional development offerings for child welfare leaders in the state, Wisconsin's Department of Children and Families integrated Organizational Effectiveness (OE) into its Program Improvement Plan following the state's federal...
Year-End Troubles Ahead
Sometimes there is such a confluence of events that the sum is greater than the individual parts. December 2012 may very well be such a time. There are a number of events that occur within a very short period of time that are going to present a unique...