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. 64, No. 4, December

300 Attend NSDTA Parley in Minneapolis
Almost 300 human service trainers and training managers gathered in Minneapolis in September for the National Staff Development and Training Association's (NSDTA) 2006 Professional Development Institute. "This institute was a very successful event,"...
300 Attend NSDTA Parley in Minneapolis
Almost 300 human service trainers and training managers gathered in Minneapolis in September for the National Staff Development and Training Association's (NSDTA) 2006 Professional Development Institute. "This institute was a very successful event,"...
A Law and Technology Challenge for Human Services
The information revolution continues to unfold and the human service world is being changed by it every day. This heralds the alteration of previous relationships between agencies and clients and among agencies themselves. Perhaps the single most important...
APHSA Employee Puts Theory into Practice
Larry Goolsby is one who walks the talk. And his walk took him hundreds of miles away from Washington, D.C., to a different continent. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The former Food Stamp Program director went to Guatemala last June to help with construction...
A System That Serves Caseworkers and Clients
Editor's Note: The Ohio Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS) project is a major milestone for the state in that it now has an integrated statewide system that provides real-time support to 5,000 county caseworkers. It is a...
Building Strategies to Address AIDS Today
New York City was one of the first local governments that provided the most comprehensive responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country. The Human Resources Administration's HIV/AIDS Services Administration, now known as HASA, has been in existence...
Building Strategies to Address AIDS Today
New York City was one of the first local governments that provided the most comprehensive responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country. The Human Resources Administration's HIV/AIDS Services Administration, now known as HASA, has been in existence...
Child Support Payments in Mid-Michigan Counties and Texas Going Electronic
The Michigan Department of Human Services' Office of Child Support, in coordination with 17 mid-Michigan Friends of the Court, began disbursing some child support payments on Aug. 23, through a debit card. Meanwhile, in Texas, the Panhandle became...
Child Support Payments in Mid-Michigan Counties and Texas Going Electronic
The Michigan Department of Human Services' Office of Child Support, in coordination with 17 mid-Michigan Friends of the Court, began disbursing some child support payments on Aug. 23, through a debit card. Meanwhile, in Texas, the Panhandle became the...
Child Welfare Reform in Maine
In 2002, Maine's senior child welfare managers began to look at the outcomes for children under the state's supervision. From that review, a plan for reform began to evolve. Information is beginning to accumulate that change is occurring. For example:...
Consensus and Dedication
All of us in public human services realize that resolving difficult issues is not a solitary process or one that happens without personal dedication and hard work. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Solving difficult issues usually involves the cobbling...
How Technology Enables Transformation of Human Service Administration
Editor's Note: Delivering and managing health and human services has never been more complex than it is today. Regulators and policy-makers are continually raising the bar with regard to service levels and reporting. Clients are faced with more complex...
ISM Conference a Smashing Success
ISM held its 39th annual conference in Minneapolis Sept. 10-13. The theme of the conference was "A Time of Transition: the Power of Partnerships," reflecting the increasing and varied use of partnerships in the delivery of human services and in information...
ISM Conference a Smashing Success
ISM held its 39th annual conference in Minneapolis Sept. 10-13. The theme of the conference was "A Time of Transition: the Power of Partnerships," reflecting the increasing and varied use of partnerships in the delivery of human services and in information...
Members and Affiliates
APHSA is nothing without its members and affiliates. That's why we do everything with a focus to serve them--or you. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Most of our members are grouped under state and local agency member and/or affiliate memberships. In the...
Most Common Writing Errors
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...
My Top 10 List
I first developed a fascination with our political process during the 1960 presidential election. Since that time, I have followed every major election with keen interest. There are two things that strike me about the recent midterm elections. First,...
Numbers in the News
* Eighty-nine percent of households were "food secure" throughout the entire year in 2005, meaning that they had access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. The remaining 11 percent of households were food...
Numbers in the News
* Eighty-nine percent of households were "food secure" throughout the entire year in 2005, meaning that they had access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. The remaining 11 percent of households were food...
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 Gerri Robinson of Metro/Nashville Department of Social Services. Name: Geraldine "Gerri" Thompson Robinson [ILLUSTRATION...
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 Gerri Robinson of Metro/Nashville Department of Social Services.Name: Geraldine "Gerri" Thompson RobinsonTitle: Executive...
Pennsylvania System Tracks Quality of Life for Citizens with Disabilities
A web-based client information management system run by Pennsylvania's Office of Mental Retardation is doing a lot more than just speeding claims processing and tracking services. It's improving the quality of life for Pennsylvanians with mental retardation....
Pennsylvania System Tracks Quality of Life for Citizens with Disabilities
A web-based client information management system run by Pennsylvania's Office of Mental Retardation is doing a lot more than just speeding claims processing and tracking services. It's improving the quality of life for Pennsylvanians with mental retardation.Take,...
Record Attendance at NASMD Fall Conference
Federal and state healthcare officials conferred on a wide range of Medicaid issues at the fall conference of the National Association of State Medicaid Directors (NASMD). The conference, held in Arlington, Va., on Nov. 13-15, drew some 800 attendees...
Record Attendance at NASMD Fall Conference
Federal and state healthcare officials conferred on a wide range of Medicaid issues at the fall conference of the National Association of State Medicaid Directors (NASMD).The conference, held in Arlington, Va., on Nov. 13-15, drew some 800 attendees...
Rules-Based Eligibility System: The Path to a Holistic Worker
Editor's Note: In 1996, Delaware's Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) had a vision. This vision saw the citizens of Delaware seeking all public assistance services in one office served by one social worker. The state Division of Social...
Say What?
I'm told by a friend from HHS in Washington that being "deuced" means to be fired in blogspeak. He also tells me of the HHS regulation that saw the need to define a week as being of "seven days in duration." To be fair, as someone who has to read HHS...
The Multiple Benefits of Electronic Payment Card
Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) programs have been around for two decades. Now, all states use EBT cards for food stamp benefit delivery, thanks to the historic 1996 Welfare Reform legislation. More recently, however, many states have begun using...
What You Need to Know about Human Service Training
For the past nine years, leaders in human service training evaluation have tackled difficult human resource development questions at the annual National Human Services Training Evaluation Symposium. Here are some of the lessons learned: * You can...
Work over Welfare: The Inside Story of the 1996 Welfare Reform Law
Work Over Welfare: The Inside Story of the 1996 Welfare Reform Law By Ron Haskins, Hardcover /450 pages Brookings Institution Press First edition. 2006/ISBN: 0-8157-3508-3 List Price $21.50Ten years ago, President Clinton, backed by a bipartisan Congress,...

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