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. 63, No. 1, March

Achieving Success through Community Contracting
When welfare reform arrived with its emphasis on personal responsibility in 1996, we set out at the Adams County (Colorado) Social Services Department (ACSSD) to create an innovative and effective Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program....
Administration Releases FY 2006 Budget Proposal
On February 7, the administration released its fiscal year 2006 budget proposal. The budget would reduce federal mandatory spending by $137 billion over 10 years. One of the major areas targeted for savings is the Medicaid program, which would be reduced...
Administration Releases FY 2006 Budget Proposal
On February 7, the administration released its fiscal year 2006 budget proposal. The budget would reduce federal mandatory spending by $137 billion over 10 years. One of the major areas targeted for savings is the Medicaid program, which would be reduced...
Agencies Look to Accreditation for Accountability and Change
In the five years since the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services made headlines by attaining national accreditation, three other statewide public systems--Kentucky in 2002, Louisiana in 2003, and Arkansas in 2004--have followed suit...
APHSA Policy Summit: Nearly 100 Local and Affiliate Officials Attended the Conference in December 2004 in Dallas to Discuss Legislative Policies
Mary Stalnaker, director of family support services at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, confers with colleagues Sharon Neuwald and Howard Hendrick, Oklahoma department director, at the recent APHSA Policy Summit in Dallas. Nearly 100 local...
A Shift in Practice-Adams County Children and Youth Services
We have entered an exciting and defining time in Child Welfare. Pennsylvania's Child and Family Services Review, the subsequent Program Improvement Plan, and Best Practice Standards developed a few years ago, are affecting everything we do and are...
Chatting with Reporters
As an agency official, part of your job is to sell your agency--to promote your agency's image and work, to impress legislators who control your organization's purse strings, and to make your agency the authoritative source for reporters. This means...
CMS Reports Slowing of U.S. Health Care Spending
According to a report released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary, the pace of health spending growth slowed in 2003, marking the first deceleration in national health spending growth in seven years. Health...
CMS Reports Slowing of U.S. Health Care Spending
According to a report released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary, the pace of health spending growth slowed in 2003, marking the first deceleration in national health spending growth in seven years.Health expenditures...
Does Accreditation Lead to Best Practice? Maybe
The mandatory accreditation wave is gaining momentum. The U.S. Department of State recently issued proposed regulations to implement an international treaty that standardizes and streamlines international adoptions. The Intercountry Adoption Act establishes...
Effective Succession Planning: Ensuring Leadership Continuity and Building Talent from Within
Effective Succession Planning: Ensuring Leadership Continuity and Building Talent From Within By William J. Rothwell. Hardcover/ 338 Pages/American Management Association; second edition. 2000/0814470807. List Price $65.00If you are looking for a quick,...
Grow Your Own Leaders: How to Identify, Develop and Retain Leadership Talent
Grow Your Own Leaders: How to Identify, Develop and Retain Leadership Talent By William Byham, Audrey Smith, and Matthew Paese. Hardcover/416 Pages/ Financial Times Prentice Hall, first edition. 2002/013009398X List Price $29.00Your organization's success...
Happy Birthday Medicaid
As APHSA celebrates its 75th year in leadership in public health and human service policy and programs, the Medicaid program--states' largest single and most comprehensive program--is approaching its 40th anniversary. And no social service or health...
Inside Story
As we at the American Public Human Services Association celebrate our 75th anniversary, Policy & Practice is also celebrating a milestone in March 2005. While members of APHSA gather in Washington to commemorate the huge progress that we have made...
Intercountry Adoption: Who Are the Good Guys?
The January 5, 2005, CNN headline read, "Trafficking a threat to tsunami orphans." Within days after the tsunami hit, Indonesia had begun putting into place policies that prohibited any child under age 16 from leaving the country. Why? The Indonesian...
Leveraging Data to Enhance Management Outcome
Wendy Cole can really concentrate on what children tell her these days because of technology used by child welfare workers in Utah Department of Human Services--she doesn't have to spend a lot of time writing in long hand. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Newsmakers
Robin Arnold-Williams has resigned as director of the Utah Department of Human Services. Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. named Lisa-Michele Church the new director.Most of Church's legal career has been with Sinclair Oil Corporation, where she served as vice president...
Offshoring Human Services
Outsourcing information technology (IT) products and services overseas, or "offshoring," has been happening for decades, but the recent increase in sending IT work to India, China, and other countries has been seen by some as causing many problems...
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 Carolyn Colvin of the Montgomery County (Md.) Department of Health and Human Services. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Name:...
Reflections on 75 Years
75 Years of Excellence in Public Human Services NATIONAL SPRING CONFERENCE March 20-23, 2005 * Washington, DC 1930-2005 As APHSA celebrates 75 years of excellence in public human services, its membership now represents 10 affiliated and...
Reflections on 75 Years
75 Years of Excellence in Public Human ServicesNATIONAL SPRING CONFERENCEMarch 20-23, 2005 * Washington, DC1990-2005As APHSA celebrates 75 years of excellence in public human services, its membership now represents 10 affiliated and related organizations,...
Social Enterprise Management
Transforming Government Service DeliveryCitizen Service, long an oxymoron, is becoming an attainable goal. From New York to Utah and from Louisiana to British Columbia, forward-looking state and provincial governments are embracing a new Social Enterprise...
Social Enterprise Management: Transforming Government Service Delivery
Citizen Service, long an oxymoron, is becoming an attainable goal. From New York to Utah and from Louisiana to British Columbia, forward-looking state and provincial governments are embracing a new Social Enterprise Management (SEM) business model...
The Foundation of Our Success
This issue of Policy & Practice marks the start of festivities for the 75th anniversary of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA). It is a glorious time to be a part of this association that has worked diligently for 75 years to...
The User Is the Key
Successful technology solutions have more to do with users than the technology itself. Information Technology (IT) projects have no shortage in viable technology alternatives for achieving an organization's goals. With so many viable technology alternatives,...

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