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. 6, December

Child Elopement from Foster Care and Residential Settings
The National Runaway Switchboard reports that between 1.6 million and 2.8 million youth run away each year. It also reports that there has been "a significant increase in the number of crisis calls identifying abuse or neglect as a reason for the call,...
Cross-System Collaboration and Service Integration Key to Locals
The Great Recession's toll on children and struggling families is deep. In Monterey County, our child poverty rate climbed from 16.9 percent to 26.5 percent between 2008 and 2009. The sharp edge of the recession disproportionately affected low- and...
Fiscal Year 2011 Appropriations
One certainty about the lame-duck session is that members must act on federal budget appropriations for FY 2011. The new fiscal year began on Oct. 1, and agencies are being funded now by a continuing resolution. That resolution provides level funding...
Florida, Baltimore Help Foster Kids with Stable Education Environment
State and local agencies continue to increase efforts to integrate the foster care and educational systems. Since the Fostering Connections Act of 2008, which included conditions on school stability despite actual placement changes, data reflect high...
Health Care Reform Conference
State and local agency members, along with other interested parties, gathered recently at D.C.'s Omni Shoreham Hotel to hear speakers discuss the Affordable Care Act in an event titled, "Looking to the Future: Opportunities and Challenges in Health...
Immigration and the Effects on Social Services
Debate continues to rage on the question of immigrants and how they fit in today's America. Do immigrants depress wages? Do they cost more in services than they pay in taxes or productivity? In short, are immigrants a cost or a benefit to this country?...
Looking toward a New Horizon Collaboratively
As a former state agency director, I am delighted and energized to be leading the American Public Human Services Association. During my tenure as the director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security, I served on the Executive Policy Council...
Medicaid Coverage at Its Highest Level Ever in Montana
HELENA, Mont. -- Medicaid covers about 99,600 people in Montana--its highest level ever. The economic recession has swelled the ranks of the program, which is one of the largest single expenditures in the state budget. For the 2010-11 biennium, the...
Meeting the Challenges of a Changing State
Like most states, North Carolina is faced with multiple challenges in these changing times. The state's rapidly growing and aging population presents considerable opportunities, but are matched by the challenges of caring for an aging population and...
Minnesota Social Services: Focus on Outcomes, Simplification and Technology
As winter arrives in Minnesota we begin to brace ourselves for long nights, cold weather, snow storms, and another legislative session. Similar to other states, the last several sessions in the land of 10,000 lakes have not been kind to human services,...
Poverty Level Jumps in America
The recession continues to plague nearly every measurable economic characteristic, specifically poverty rates, income levels and unemployment, according to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey's recently released 2009 data, which detail nearly...
Serving California's Human Trafficking Victims and Refugees
Since 1975, California has received more than 690,000 refugee arrivals, the largest number in the United States. In March 2010, we reached a significant milestone by marking the 30th anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980, which established the Refugee...
SNAP Holds Conference
The American Association of SNAP Directors held its 35th Annual Education Conference at the Grove Hotel in Boise, Idaho, from October 17 through 20. More than 150 attendees--considerably more than expected--helped to make the conference another highly...
Tennessee's New Child Welfare Tracking System Automates Case Management
In order to better serve Tennessee's Department of Children's Services in its transition to a more family-centric structure, the state has acquired a new tracking system to reflect its public child welfare reform and the type of casework the department...
Texas Eligibility Staff Knocked It out of the Park
Call it the Texas Turnaround. It was an amazing performance that befuddled the critics, won over the fans and landed our team on top. And, no, I'm not talking about the Texas Rangers' first World Series appearance. I'm referring to the job our state...
Texas' Region 8 Recognizes Exceptional Work in Child Protective Services
During October 2009, Texas' Child Protective Services Region 8 (a region of 28 counties that includes San Antonio) put out the call for its best and brightest ideas. At that time, the region had unveiled its new staff recognition program based on the...
The Opportunity of Health Care Reform
Health care reform is the most significant public policy change since welfare reform of the late 90s with ramifications for a much larger segment of our society. As states and localities gear up to meet the mandates of health care reform, there are...
Untangling the Safety Net for Immigrants
There is a complex relationship between public benefit programs, different immigrant populations eligible to those benefits and the communities in which they live. Because of its size and diversity, Los Angeles County's experience delivering services...
Washington State, Microsoft Help Disabled Get Employment
A recent American Community Survey highlighted 2009 data regarding status and employment, and estimated that only 34.7 percent of people with disabilities were employed, compared with 71.9 percent of people without, according to the report. Meanwhile,...

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