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. 5, October

2011 Data Book Shows Recession Increases Number of Children Living in Low-Income Families to 31 Million
According to data released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in its annual KIDS COUNT[R] Data Book, over the last decade there has been a significant decline in economic well-being for low-income children and families. The official child poverty rate...
2011 Data Book Shows Recession Increases Number of Children Living in Low-Income Families to 31 Million
According to data released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in its annual JODS COUNT® Data Book, over the last decade there has been a significant decline in economic well-being for lowincome children and families. The official child poverty rate increased...
Accountable Care Collaborative: Colorado's Answer to Integrated Delivery System Reform
Colorado recognized the imperative for better coordination among providers, clinics, hospitals, clients and social service organizations when it developed its Medicaid reform program, the Accountable Care Collaborative program or ACC, before passage...
Alaska Strives to 'Bring the Kids Home'
Background In the 1980s Alaska was a leader in providing individualized, community-based care to children with severe emotional disturbances. Through the Alaska Youth Initiative (AYI), the state pioneered strategies to keep children with challenging...
At the State Level
California Paul Benedetto has been appointed deputy secretary of operations at the California Technology Agency. Benedetto has been director of the Office of Systems Integration at the California Health and Human Services Agency since 2008. Anna...
Convening Safety-Net Providers to Build a Comprehensive System of Care
Palm Beach County's Community Health NETworkFaced with the paradox of budget cuts and increased demand, locallevel collaboration among public- and private-sector human service agencies has the potential to extend, and perhaps increase, resources while...
Finger-Pointing vs. Facing a Challenge
What a summer we had here in Washington! An earthquake, a hurricane and a stock market that acted like both depending on which day you were brave enough to watch it. But to me, even those alarming events were more bearable than the downward spiral...
Food Stamp Payment Accuracy Rate and Program Integrity Record Improves for Fourth Year
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has again improved its payment accuracy and program integrity record to another record level. The national average level of program payment...
Guiding States in Planning for Human Service Integration
For the past several years, we have dedicated our October issue of Policy & Practice to health care issues. We continue that tradition this year with a special focus on the intersection of health care and human services. We continue to hear from...
Keeping Foster Children Safe in the Water
Water. It can be so much fun, but oh so dangerous. The National Safe Kids Campaign (2004) reports that "drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 1-14 and the leading cause of unintentional injury-related...
Keeping Youth at Home, in School and out of Trouble: Mobile Response and Stabilization Services in the New Jersey System of Care
New Jersey is the nation's most densely populated state, containing the 10th largest population of children and youth in the country. In 2000, the state set out to transform its children's mental health system. This effort, which implemented services...
NAPCWA Announces Two New Executive Committee Members
NAPCWA welcomes two new members to its National Executive Committee: Allison Blake and Tara Lea Muhlhauser. Blake was appointed commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families by Governor Chris Christie in May 2010. Prior to her...
NAPCWA Announces Two New Executive Committee Members
NAPCWA welcomes two new members to its National Executive Committee: Allison Blake and Tara Lea Muhlhauser. Blake was appointed commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families by Governor Chris Christie in May 2010. Prior to her appointment,...
Newsmakers
At the State Level...CaliforniaPaul Benedetto has been appointed deputy secretary of operations at the California Technology Agency. Benedetto has been director of the Office of Systems Integration at the California Health and Human Services Agency since...
NSDTA Awards and Scholarships for 2011
National Staff Development and Training Association an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association The National Staff Development and Training Association, has announced this year's award and scholarship winners. The awards will...
NSDTA Awards and Scholarships for 2011
The National Staff Development and Training Association, has announced this year's award and scholarship winners. The awards will be presented at the NSDTA Professional Development Institute, in Madison, Wisconsin, October 16-19, 2011. For information...
Palm Beach County's Community Health NETwork: Convening Safety-Net Providers to Build a Comprehensive System of Care
Faced with the paradox of budget cuts and increased demand, local-level collaboration among public- and private-sector human service agencies has the potential to extend, and perhaps increase, resources while providing families with a broader range...
Q & A with JudyAnn Bigby
Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human ServicesThie National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council was established and authorized under Section 4001 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) . In June 2010, President...
Q & A with JudyAnn Bigby, Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services
The National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council was established and authorized under Section 4001 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In June 2010, President Obama signed an Executive Order (EO) providing for the formation of the...
Reducing Adverse Childhood Experiences: Collaboration and Innovation in Washington State
In Washington State, a unique partnership is generating groundbreaking practice innovations and results for children and families. The partnership has several dimensions--state-local, public-private, practice-policy-research--and it continues to expand...
SNAP Directors to Meet at Annual Education Conference
American Association of SNAP Directors an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association The American Association of SNAP Directors is holding its annual education conference October 9-12, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. This event is a...
SNAP Directors to Meet at Annual Education Conference
The American Association of SNAP Directors is holding its annual education conference October 9-12, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. This event is a unique opportunity for all SNAP stakeholders to meet face-to-face and exchange information and best practices....
The 112th Congress: Slowly Doing Nothing
According to recent public opinion polls, many people believe Congress is dysfunctional and unable to deal effectively with the issues of today. They watched with total dismay as Congress struggled to pass a bill to raise the debt ceiling in August....
Training a Workforce Ready for Health Care Reform in 2014
Pima County, Arizona, is situated right along the U.S.-Mexico border and includes the greater Tucson area. The county itself claims roughly 980,000 residents with a community college that serves about 68,000 credit and noncredit students across six...
What Can Medicaid Agencies Learn from the Auto Industry?
Automakers invest in a single platform as the design and engineering foundation to configure different models. This shared chassis helps the industry streamline and speed production. With a platform approach to Medicaid Management Information System...