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. 68, No. 5, October

Alabama Leads Permanency Movement for Foster Care
Children are in foster care through no fault of their own. As professionals working in the foster care system, we must be mindful of this. We must remember how important family was to us as children and remains so as adults. We must also remember how...
ARRA's Home Weatherization Assistance Program
Ohio and Tennessee have spearheaded the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's Home Weatherization Assistance Program, incorporating new green technology, boosting the local economy and improving living conditions for thousands...
Before Summer Recess, Senate Passes FMAP, Child Nutrition Bills; Cuts Future SNAP Benefits
Before leaving for its summer recess, the Senate, on Aug. 5, passed legislation (S.Amdt. 4575 to H.R. 1586) that will provide money to states for teachers' jobs and the Medicaid Federal Medical Assistance Percentage. The FMAP measure is among several...
Communications and Customer Service
I recently found myself in the predicament of rushing to find child care for my seven-month-old son after the arrangements I had in place for many months fell through. For a parent, this is one of the most important decisions one has to make--and should...
Everyone 'Should Be Connected'
The oil spill off the Louisiana coast was the worst single-incident environmental disaster in this country's history. Equally disastrous has been its impact on the health, economy and livelihoods of communities living adjacent to the Gulf Coast. The...
Fall Congressional Outlook
On Aug. 5, the Senate adjourned for the summer congressional break. On Aug. 9 and 10, the House interrupted its break, already in progress, and returned to hold several votes on measures passed by the Senate before the Senate adjourned. One, a bill...
Florida Takes Title IV-E Child Welfare Waiver to New Heights
Over the past four years, Florida has embarked on what the New York Times referred to as a radical transformation of our child welfare program. Working with our community-based care partners, we have used the flexibility provided by a statewide child...
In Our Do'ers Profile, We Highlight Some of the Hardworking and Talented Individuals in Public Human Services. This Issue Features Secretary Karen Timberlake of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Name: Karen E. Timberlake Title: Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Years of Service: Two years, four months; prior to current position, served as deputy secretary and executive assistant for the department from March 2007--April...
Leveraging APHSA to Help Illinois
I am still relatively new as the secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services. I was appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn on Oct. 11, 2009 and was confirmed by the Illinois Senate later that month. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One of the parting words...
Medicaid Expansion under Health Care Reform: Poses Greatest Challenge for States
When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law this past March, few people truly knew all the details embedded in the thousands of pages of the legislation or the ramifications for states, which will ultimately be responsible...
Monitoring Health Service Delivery
In the face of depressed economies, rising state deficits and cuts to federal Medicaid funding, many states are seeking new technologies to help reduce costs, streamline services and ultimately improve outcomes for Medicaid participants. For South...
Multi-Dimensional Foster Care
After raising three children of her own, 53-year-old Diane Depalo-Thompson delved into the world of traditional foster care, but found her calling in the alternative Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care program. "I attended an orientation and...
Nevada County (Calif.) Child Support Collection Improves
NEVADA CITY, Calif. -- While the recession has made it more difficult to collect full child support payments, a report from the state department of health and human services shows Nevada County's child support department is faring well against other...
Pressing Questions and Potential Solutions
Regardless of their views about the substantive merits of national health reform, state officials tasked with implementing the new federal law are coming to grips with daunting responsibilities. While the challenges are immense, the task is far from...
Prevention, Care Coordination and Medicaid
While the thrust of federal health care reform is on expanding health coverage for the uninsured, the law also authorizes a whole series of innovations in the delivery system and financing of the Medicaid program. Two key elements are demonstration...
Say What?
As I write this we are coming to the end of summer vacations. People seem to want to talk about only two things: what a good time they had somewhere cooler than Austin--New Mexico, New England, the Sahara Desert, or wherever--and how miserable their...
State's Role in Health Care Reform
State health insurance exchanges represent the core of the insurance market reforms included in the federal health reform legislation signed into law earlier this year: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education...
Supremacy Clause Lawsuits
Recent court developments may substantially increase the burdens on states in administering joint federal-state programs, such as Medicaid, and restrict states' ability to modify such programs in response to changing conditions or policy considerations....
The Economic Benefits of Early Care and Education
As more kids enter kindergarten unprepared, advocates for high-quality early care and education that support children in learning from birth are speaking up. The child care program plays an important role in helping children prepare for school and...
Transitional Foster Care Housing
With anticipatory excitement bubbling around California's Assembly Bill 12 going to state Senate vote, the plight of thousands of failed youths who "age out" of the foster care system annually has been tossed back into national news spotlight. The...
What's Coming for Locals
The officers of the National Council of Local Human Service Administrators, or Locals Council, along with Frank Solomon, APHSA's communication and membership director; and Jon Rubin, APHSA Organizational Effectiveness consultant, have continued efforts...
What's New at APHSA
APHSA is getting a new leader. I'm sure this is wonderful news. Six months after our former Executive Director Jerry Friedman moved on to greener pasture, we are getting someone who is returning to our pasture. Tracy Wareing is leaving the comfort...
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