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. 69, No. 4, August

AASD: American Association of Food Stamp Directors
an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association The American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD) is currently planning its annual conference, to be held October 9-12, 2011 in Columbus, OH. State and federal budget challenges continue...
Association News
The American Association of Public Welfare Attorneys (AAPWA) is busy planning its 44th Annual National Training and Continuing Education Conference, to be held September 11-14 in Oklahoma City. So far we've been able to attract a range of national, state...
At Congressional Hearing, APHSA Calls for State Flexibility, Prevention Funding to Aid At-Risk Youth
APHSA called on Congress to support effective programs that prevent the unnecessary separation of children from their birth families, improve the quality of care and services for children and families, and ensure permanency for children. In testimony...
At Congressional Hearing, APHSA Calls for State Flexibility, Prevention Funding to Aid At-Risk Youth
APHSA called on Congress to support effective programs that prevent the unnecessary separation of children from their birth families, improve the quality of care and services for children and families, and ensure permanency for children. In testimony...
A Tool to Help Track Employment Trends
In every aspect, globalization and the Internet have rapidly changed the century's first decade. Consequently, the 21st century's second decade will reshape the way jobs, benefits and labor law are perceived. Departments of human services, and the...
August 2, 2011, Is Not the Big One
On February 18, 2010 President Obama signed an Executive Order creating the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform to address the nation's fiscal challenges in this decade and beyond. The commission concluded that "The problem is real....
Casebook: The Power of Social Networking Technology to Change Policy, Practice and Management
It is virtually impossible to overstate the extent to which the Internet has changed personal and commercial life. Since 1995, when the Netscape browser first came into wide use, Internet use has climbed from 14 percent of the American adult population...
Disability Benefits 101-Today's Portal to the Possible
Real-Time Information Supports Employment, Saves Time for ManyThe ChallengeCurrent employment rates and economic conditions for Americans with disabilities are grim, and getting worse. This trend is especially troubling when considering youth with disabilities....
Disability Benefits 101-Today's Portal to the Possible: Real-Time Information Supports Employment, Saves Time for Many
The Challenge Current employment rates and economic conditions for Americans with disabilities are grim, and getting worse. This trend is especially troubling when considering youth with disabilities. During March 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics...
Health Care Reform: The Hidden Opportunity
The health care reform bill is daunting but full of opportunities for state and local governments.The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands coverage to 32 million currently uninsured Americans. This translates into a large influx of...
Health Care Reform: The Hidden Opportunity: The Health Care Reform Bill Is Daunting but Full of Opportunities for State and Local Governments
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands coverage to 32 million currently uninsured Americans. This translates into a large influx of new clients for state and local governments--particularly on the Medicaid side. In addition to...
Health Reform and Human Service Interoperability: The Times, They Are A-Changing
We've made substantial progress in the delivery of social services over the last several years. But the fragile economy that has strapped state and federal budgets is forcing us to do even more with less. Fortunately, other new developments support...
Health Services Maintains a Strong Voice at APHSA
As we move toward 2014 and health reform implementation, APHSA understands the need to maintain a strong voice in the health care arena. Our members serve some of the most vulnerable populations; those populations will inevitably be affected by provisions...
Health Services Maintains a Strong Voice at APHSA
As we move toward 2014 and health reform implementation, APHSA understands the need to maintain a strong voice in the health care arena. Our members serve some of the most vulnerable populations; those populations will inevitably be affected by provisions...
If You Build It, Incentives Will Come: Practical Approaches to Effectively Implement an EHR Provider Incentive Payment Program
The Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) administers the state's Medicaid program. When IME staff began following the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) legislation, staff...
In Our Do'ers Profile, We Highlight Some of the Hardworking and Talented Individuals in Public Human Services. This Issue Features Uma Uhluwalia, Director of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
Name: Uma Ahluwalia Title: Director, Department of Health and Human Services, Montgomery County, Maryland Years of Service: 22 years with 4.5 years in my current job [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Rewards of the Job: Back in graduate school, I...
Kentucky Awards Medicaid Contracts to Centene, WellCare and Coventry
The Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet awarded a contract to the Kentucky Spirit Health Plan, a subsidiary of Centene, to serve Medicaid beneficiaries in Kentucky. The Kentucky Spirit Health Plan will be headquartered in Lexington and will...
Kentucky Awards Medicaid Contracts to Centene, WellCare and Coventry
The Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet awarded a contract to the Kentucky Spirit Health Plan, a subsidiary of Centene, to serve Medicaid beneficiaries in Kentucky. The Kentucky Spirit Health Plan will be headquartered in Lexington and will provide...
Maximum Flexibility-Minimum Risk: Risk Management for Your Project
It is no secret that staff in state and county social programs work in a challenging environment. Workers are facing an increasingly diverse and demanding set of constituents, including a variety of clients, providers, partners and other stakeholders....
NASCCA: National Association of State Child Care Administrators
an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association On May 25, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a new $500 million Early Learning Challenge competitive grant...
News Makers
At the State Level...Roderick Bremby now serves as the commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Social Services.Roque R. Gerald has resigned as director of the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency. Debra Porchia-Usher, deputy director for agency...
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 Urna Uhluwalia, director of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.Name: Uma AhluwaliaTitle: Director,...
Promising Prospects for Implementing Change
As we move through the summer, and the budget battle goes on, leaders at all levels of government are faced with how to continue to get the work done now. In human services, the challenge is particularly acute as demand for services remains high. At...
Say What?
Some of my legal colleagues in the American Association of Public Welfare Attorneys affiliate are always complaining that I pick on lawyers to an unfair degree. Perhaps it is because lawyers are what the Air Force would call a "target rich environment."...
Single Stop USA: Moves Forward to Help Community Colleges Support Ongoing Learning
Today, there are thousands of returning students who are turning to post-secondary education as a way of breaking a cycle of stalled professional advancement, as a gateway to a new career field with greater possibility for growth, or as a lifeline...
SOA What (and SOA What's Possible?) Enterprise Architecture as the Foundation for Legacy Systems Renewal
Human service agencies spend valuable time and money trying to squeeze what they can out of legacy systems that are, in fact, putting the squeeze on already scarce taxpayer dollars. In this era of doing better with less, how can agencies get more out...
Sustaining Linkages in San Luis Obispo County
San Luis Obispo County is a semi-rural county located along (he central coast of California, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, San Luis Obispo County has 269,637 residents. The current unemployment rate is 9.4...
Wisconsin's Online Pre-Placement Training for Foster Parents
In January 2011, the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families started requiring that all foster parents in the state complete training. The requirements for training, amount and content, depend upon the level of foster parent certification and...
You Are Being Watched
This spring we saw a number of very public reminders of how our communications technology can be abused, scrutinized and/or turned against us, and how the concept of privacy is changing. Here, I am mostly referring to the prolonged, graphic and relatively...

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