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. 61, No. 4, December

Fathers Can Help
For decades, the child welfare system has focused its intervention on mothers. One way to involve fathers, however, and build family responsibility for protecting children is family group decision-making (FGDM), which is being implemented in more than...
Fathers Can Help
For decades, the child welfare system has focused its intervention on mothers. One way to involve fathers, however, and build family responsibility for protecting children is family group decision-making (FGDM), which is being implemented in more than...
Human Services Dot Net
The Challenge The human services field is fueled by knowledge. Insights into how human service programs work and why practices succeed or fail rests in the experience of exceptional practitioners. Systematically organizing agency staff to leverage...
Inside Story
The winter holidays are upon us once again. Whether it is a religious or cultural celebration, this time of year is an important part of most people's lives. For some, this is the time to reaffirm religious beliefs, for others it involves rich traditions...
In the Media
CALIFORNIAReport Tracks Health Care For ElderlyLos Angeles TimesMost California senior citizens report they are in good health, but elderly Latinos and others who speak limited English say they have more health complications and poorer access to care...
Minimizing Agency and Worker Liability
A well-organized filing system is imperative for any human service agency that hopes to run smoothly, efficiently, and economically. Each agency should select filing equipment and procedures that are tailored to its unique needs. Whatever system is...
News Makers
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford appointed Kim Aydlette to direct one of the largest government agencies in the state, the Department of Social Services. She is responsible for a multimillion dollar budget, and the supervision of more than 3,000 employees....
Our Do'ers Profile
In Our Do'ers Profile, we highlight some of the hard-working and talented individuals in public human services. This issue features Howard Hendrick of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services in Oklahoma City. Name: Howard H. Hendrick Title:...
Our Do'ers Profile
In Our Do'ers Profile, we highlight some of the hard-working and talented individuals in public human services. This issue features Howard Hendrick of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services in Oklahoma City.Name: Howard H. HendrickTitle: Director...
Say What?
It's interesting how a word becomes vogue and soon everyone is using it. We impact everything now; it is as if "affect" was banned. And take "extreme." We've all heard of "extreme sports." Now there is a television show called "Extreme History." (Although...
Streamlining Customer Service
With a focus on quality of service, New York City's Human Resources Administration launched its Medicaid Assistance Program. The program has redesigned the application and case management process for public health insurance. With five model Medicaid...
Streamlining Customer Service
With a focus on quality of service, New York City's Human Resources Administration launched its Medicaid Assistance Program. The program has redesigned the application and case management process for public health insurance. With five model Medicaid...
The Most Precious Gift
As we approach the holiday gift giving season, I want to share the story of the most precious gift our family has ever received. On October 16, my stepson, Christopher, was the recipient of a double lung transplant at Baylor Methodist Hospital in Houston,...
Unconditional Child Care
The importance of quality child care cannot be stressed enough. Yet oftentimes, families with children with behavioral problems lose their access to child care. Their children are repeatedly rejected from child care facilities, only to be bounced from...
Unconditional Child Care
The importance of quality child care cannot be stressed enough. Yet oftentimes, families with children with behavioral problems lose their access to child care. Their children are repeatedly rejected from child care facilities, only to be bounced from...
What Happened to the Welfare Department?
Enter the Fastforward Center, Hampton, Virginia's, new welfare reform initiative, and you'll see a high-impact space where customers are exposed to new ways of living and working. Giant-size exhibits, with eye-popping graphics, curve around the room...
What Happened to the Welfare Department?
Enter the Fastforward Center, Hampton, Virginia's, new welfare reform initiative, and you'll see a high-impact space where customers are exposed to new ways of living and working. Giant-size exhibits, with eye-popping graphics, curve around the room...