Academic journal article Policy & Practice of Public Human Services

The Last Word

Academic journal article Policy & Practice of Public Human Services

The Last Word

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On November 11, 2000, I submitted my resignation as executive director of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA). I have deeply enjoyed the wonderful opportunity to provide the staff leadership to an association dedicated to the same issues and causes to which I have devoted my entire working life. Nevertheless, my personal priorities have changed, and I have chosen to leave my position at APHSA and return to my home in New Jersey to spend more time with my family.

These past two-and-a-half years spent at APHSA, combined with the 33 years spent as a practitioner in the public human services at the state and local levels, have completed a full picture for me of the role and importance of the public human services to our nation, the individual and collective contributions we make as workers in the field, and the issues facing us for years to come.

We do important work. We add safety and permanence to children's lives. We provide income security for families and individuals. We make it possible for people with disabilities to live in the most integrated settings. We assure health care access to those unable to afford it. What we do helps individuals enjoy better life outcomes, fulfill their potential, and contribute to society.

Our work directly contributes to larger national purposes, including the state of the economy.

Welfare reform efforts are linked to economic development. Welfare-to-work activities have contributed significantly to the nation's workforce, and have thus strengthened our economy in a highly competitive global environment. …

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