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. 1, March

Alabama's Comprehensive Child Welfare System Reform
On January 16, 2007, U.S. District Judge Ira DeMent issued an order of national significance. After 19 years of federal court oversight, Alabama's child welfare system not only met the high expectations of the court, but also demonstrated an unsurpassed...
Anatomy of a Press Conference
News conferences, often interchangeably called press conferences, are among the most misunderstood and abused media events. Newsmakers love holding a news conference because it makes them feel important. Schedule a news conference, they reason, and...
An Update on ICPC
A state of legal limbo exists for children every day on both sides of the sending and receiving state borders due to a current weak and unenforceable Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children that has not prevented dilatory interstate adoption,...
Colorado Settles Competency Wait-List Lawsuit
DENVER -- On Feb. 22, Colorado settled contempt-of-court proceedings arising from the case of People v. Eugene Zuniga, which involved county-jail inmates who were being forced to wait months for mental-health evaluations and care. A Denver District...
Colorado Settles Competency Wait-List Lawsuit
DENVER-On Feb. 22, Colorado settled contempt-of-court proceedings arising from the case of People v. Eugene Zuniga, which involved county-jail inmates who were being forced to wait months for mentalhealth evaluations and care.A Denver District Court...
How Oklahoma City Reaches Out
A decade ago, in the heart of Oklahoma City lay one of the state's most economically deprived areas. Crime was rampant. Many of the children were from single- or blended-parent families. Many had a parent in prison. From time to time community residents...
Knowledge Is Power
The ability to accurately track children In care can help keep them safeChild welfare agencies are responsible for some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Children in care are often shuffled between natural parents, foster parents, relatives...
Knowledge Is Power: The Ability to Accurately Track Children in Care Can Help Keep Them Safe
Child welfare agencies are responsible for some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Children in care are often shuffled between natural parents, foster parents, relatives and group homes. Often, this makes it difficult to determine the exact...
Leadership Training, PIOs and E-Commerce
Staff improvement and leadership training have become a major issue for the nation's public human service agencies. Like most government agencies, they face massive retirements at all levels. The need to have institutional knowledge and specialty expertise...
Making Medicaid Work: A Practical Guide for Transforming Medicaid
Making Medicaid Work: A Practical Guide for Transforming Medicaid By Newt Gingrich and Rishabh Mehrotra and 11 others / Center for Health Transformation and SHPS/ In hard copy or PDF format, more than 50 pages / FreeThis new book, Making Medicaid Work:...
Most Common Writing Errors, Part 2
Words have a way of telling the world how educated we really are, and wrong usage has a way of making even the best of us sound illiterate. Based on Associated Press, United Press International, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the New York...
Newsmakers
Uma Ahluwalia, interim director of the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency, has been named director of the Montgomery County (Md.) Department of Health and Human Services.After six years of overseeing West Virginia's $2.2 billion Medicaid...
New Technology Gives Communities New Level of Support
Human service providers across the country are harnessing the power of the Internet to help their clients achieve self-sufficiency. Just days after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast region, the Mississippi State University Early Childhood...
N.J. Child Welfare Reform on Track, Says Federal Monitor
TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey's child welfare system is showing signs of improvement, according to a federal monitor assigned to track the system's progress. A report released on Feb. 26 by the Washington-based Center for the Study of Social Policy...
N.J. Child Welfare Reform on Track, Says Federal Monitor
TRENTON, NJ.-New Jersey's child welfare system is showing signs of improvement, according to a federal monitor assigned to track the system's progress.A report released on Feb. 26 by the Washington-based Center for the Study of Social Policy found that...
Numbers in the News
* The national housing coalition calculated that the hourly wage a full-time worker must earn in order to afford a two-bedroom home at his or her community's fair market rent climbed to $16.31 for 2006, up from $15.78 in 2005-Out of Reach report by the...
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 Mary Ault of the California Department of Social Services. Name: Mary L. Ault [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Title:...
Our Do'ers Profile
In Our Doers Profile, we highlight some of the hardworking and talented individuals in public human services. This issue features Mary AuIt of the California Department of Social Services.Name: Mary L. AuItTitle: Deputy director, Children and Family...
Study Provides Guide on Medicaid Coverage for Youth Aging out of Foster Care
A new report finds that the cost of providing health care coverage to former foster youth is affordable. Under federal law, Title IV-E foster children are categorically eligible for Medicaid up to age 18; thereafter, states may offer continued coverage....
Study Provides Guide on Medicaid Coverage for Youth Aging out of Foster Care
Anew report finds that the cost of providing health care coverage to former foster youth is affordable.Under federal law, Title IV-E foster children are categorically eligible for Medicaid up to age 18; thereafter, states may offer continued coverage....
The Old Planner
I think one of the things that we admire most about people, especially those with celebrity status, is when someone's personal and professional lives are congruent with their stated values and ethics. The tabloids are full of instances where one's...
Tomorrow's Workforce-In a Pulpit near You?
Bill Cosby recently thrilled an audience of about 300 children and youth from high-risk neighborhoods and juvenile detention facilities when he visited Wilmington, Del., on the Exhoodus Tour sponsored by the Los Angeles nonprofit Project Life. He spoke...
Who Is Naming and Claiming Our Kids?
As president of the National Crime Prevention Council, I sat on Attorney General Janet Reno's U.S. Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Thirsty to learn, Reno would hold meetings in places where she could witness what...
Workforce Capacity-Building
There still aren't any magic bullets. This is the second in a series that Policy & Practice will run about building workforce capacity. In the first article (September 2005 Policy & Practice, page 30, "Making Things Happen"), we offered...
Workforce Development Must Respond to Change
Texas is experiencing a tremendous run. In the last several years, Texas has been designated the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business. Our population is growing, increasing the number of well-trained workers. As the momentum continues...