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. 3, September

Agency Culture and Supervisor Key to Tackling High Turnover
Staff turnover is a costly and perpetual nemesis, especially for public human service organizations. Traditionally, agency officials have estimated the cost when an employee leaves to average the amount of that person's salary for one year. However,...
APHSA Summer Conference: Photo Highlights
Richard Anderson, director of Child and Family Services from Utah, introduces the Tuesday plenary speaker, Bob Lavigna. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Bob Lavigna of CPS Human Resource Services talks about the future of work-force development at the...
At the Front Lines of the Welfare System: A Perspective on the Decline in Welfare Caseloads
At the Front Lines of the Welfare System A Perspective on the Decline in Welfare caseloads By Irene Laurie. 284 pages/Rockefeller Institute Press. First edition. 2006. ISBN-^9309T2-17-X. Softcover. $15Scholars who have focused on the challenges of implementing...
Can't Afford to Replace Your Legacy System? Can You Afford Not To?
Legacy systems--existing systems that are deployed in an organization that are usually considered stable--were great in the 80s, but are now obsolete technology. For the most part, the systems still perform their main function in spitting out welfare...
Ethics and Technology in Human Services
We'll all agree that the world we live in is becoming increasing affected by the evolution of technology. The Internet, mobile computing and communication, Open Source are all emerging evidence that this trend is continuing and intensifying. As the...
How to Write a News Release
Many nonprofit organizations have a hard time getting press attention. Often officials think the subjects they deal with are not "sexy" enough for the press. Many also have an aversion to dealing with the press. To make matters worse, many nonprofit...
Inside Story
While many of you are aware of the editorial improvements and content expansion of Policy & Practice, the flagship publication of the American Public Human Services Association, there is a parallel revolution that has been taking place with and...
Keep Them Married
Federal and state leaders, the press, advocates, faith communities and others are paying lots of attention to marriage. Strengthening marriage is important, given the growing evidence that, on average, children do best when they are raised by married...
Newsmakers
Richard Andersen, director of the Utah Division of Child and Family Services, was named Utah Manager of the Year in May. He received his award from Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert.David Berns, the Arizona director of economic security, has joined the casey Family...
Numbers in the News
* 2004 marked the second consecutive year in which real median household income showed no change.Black households had the lowest median income in 2004 ($30,134) among racial groups. Asian households had the highest median income ($57,518). The median...
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 Lucy Hadi of Florida's Department of Children and Families. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Name: Lucy D. Hadi Title:...
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 Lucy Hadi of Florida's Department of Children and Families.Name: Lucy D. HadiTitle: SecretaryYears of Service: 33 years...
TANF: Reauthorization or AFDC Redux?
John Gardner once wrote that the world has "too many unloving critics and too many uncritical lovers. What we really need are more loving critics." [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the spirit of a "loving critic," I want to comment on the new federal...
The Many Faces of Human Service Lawyers
Attorneys who call themselves human service lawyers are not all of one species, on the same side, and of one mind. Let's outline some of the common types of jobs a human service lawyer can fill: [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 1) Public practice/executive...
The Nation's Healthcare Crisis
Many in the public human service world consider the rising cost of health care the most serious problem facing the nation's poor and uninsured. The federal government has been trying to make Medicare and Medicaid programs more effective, less costly,...
The Nation's Healthcare Crisis
Many in the public human service world consider the rising cost of health care the most serious problem facing the nation's poor and uninsured. The federal government has been trying to make Medicare and Medicaid programs more effective, less costly,...
The Nation's Healthcare Crisis
Interview with Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, which works on getting high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.Q The rising cost of health care in this country continues to challenge federal and state budgets and businesses...
The Promise of Welfare Reform
The Promise of Welfare Reform Political Rhetoric and the Reality of Poverty in the Twenty-First Century By Keith M. Kilty and Elizabeth Segal, editors. 329 pages/The Haworth Press. 2006. ISBN-13:978-0-7890-2922-5. Softcover. $34.95 After the...
The Promise of Welfare Reform: Political Rhetoric and the Reality of Poverty in the Twenty-First Century
The Promise of Welfare Reform Political Rhetoric and the Reality of Poverty in the Twenty-First Century By Keith M. Kilty and Elizabeth Segal, editors. 329 pages/The Haworth Press. 2006. ISBN-13:978-0-7890-2922-5. Softcover. $34.95After the landmark...
What States Are Doing with Medicaid
2006 will be remembered as a year in which a number of changes were made to the Medicaid program. There are four overall trends occurring: the use of some of the flexibilities made possible under the Deficit Reduction Act, covering health-care costs...
Working Together for Maryland's Kids and Families
The mantra at the Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) is "Putting Children First." It is a daily reminder to our 7,000 employees to work collaboratively across the agency toward the best interest of children and their families, no matter their...

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