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. 70, No. 6, December

Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth
The 112th Congress has been successful for child welfare and for those children, youth, and families it serves. In addition to passing the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovations Act (P.L. 112-34), a bill that included provisions to enhance...
Data Standardization
The twin pressures of increasing need and declining resources have brought fresh attention to the need for integrating public health and human service programs to reduce duplication and overlap, improve long-term results, and strengthen program integrity....
Data Standardization: An Essential Component of Program Integration
The twin pressures of increasing need and declining resources have brought fresh attention to the need for integrating public health and human service programs to reduce duplication and overlap, improve long-term results, and strengthen program integrity....
Decision 2012 Is over ... What to Watch for from Congress in 2013
Sometimes elections don't provide all the answers, but at least they eliminate several possible outcomes, meaning we know certain things are not going to happen as a result of the elections. The November elections fell far short of providing a clear...
Director's Memo
As another year draws to a close, I'm struck by one recurring theme--echoed both in our members' Pathways initiative and in the comparable efforts underway with so many of our partners--a resolute focus on achieving better outcomes for those we serve...
Lessons from Abroad: Human Services in Three Countries
As our nation faces tough economic times, the strain on health and human service systems continues to grow. Like the United States, there are a number of countries experiencing the same problem. However, there are some countries that continue to maintain...
New Year's First Big Fight: Limiting the Filibuster
The ability of any one Senator to hold the Senate hostage with the threat of a filibuster has become a hallmark of why Congress has been so ineffective for the last several years. The suggestion that the Senate change its rules to limit or even eliminate...
NSDTA Presents Awards at 2012 Professional Development Institute
The National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA), an affiliate of American Public Human Services Association, presented awards to five individuals and to a training program, at its 2012 Professional Development Institute in Portland,...
NSDTA Presents Awards at 2012 Professional Development Institute
The National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA), an affiliate of American Public Human Services Association, presented awards to five individuals and to a training program, at its 2012 Professional Development Institute in Portland, Oregon...
Respite Care for Foster Parents Should Not Mean Inferior Care for Foster Children
Caring for a foster child, especially in a therapeutic setting, is a fulltime undertaking. Because it can have severe emotional repercussions on the family, respite care by another trained foster parent or other professional is frequently made available....
Rethinking Neglect Intervention
Current Approaches My experience, both as a national consultant and as a child welfare director in a large urban jurisdiction, suggests that formal intervention approaches in both abuse and neglect often follow the same sequence and pattern. Beginning...
Service Portfolio Reallocation: Surviving in the "New Abnormal"
After the recession of 2003, caseloads for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) never declined. Today, state and local human service agencies face SNAP caseloads that are nearly twice as large as they were in 2008. Now, agencies have...
Staff Spotlight
Name: Benjamin Carpenter-Nwanyanwu Title: Policy Intern Time At APHSA: 3 months Life Before APHSA: I am currently a senior majoring in International Studies at Texas A&M University. During the summer of 2011, I had the fortunate experience...
Staff Spotlight
Name: Benjamin Carpenter-NwanyanwuTitle: Policy InternTime At APHSA: 3 monthsLife Before APHSA: I am currently a senior majoring in International Studies at Texas A&M University. During the summer of 2011, 1 had the fortunate experience of working...
Still Uncertain about the Future
I noticed a very telling trend this year. For each of our APHSA conferences we had very low early registration, but at the same time a much larger number of people made reservations at the hotels where we were holding the conferences. Then, on the...
The Next BIG IDEA
A New Business Model for Health and Human Services: A Modern Marketplace ExperienceAnnually, the nation's governments spend hundreds of billions of dollars in crisis alleviation and economic stabilization for American families, individuals, and children...
The Next Big Idea: A New Business Model for Health and Human Services: A Modern Marketplace Experience
Annually, the nation's governments spend hundreds of billions of dollars in crisis alleviation and economic stabilization for American families, individuals, and children in need of periodic or sustained public benefits and services. Adding to the...
Youth Support Partners: Building Trust and Improving Service Delivery for Youth
In November 2008, the Department of Human Services (DHS) in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, hired four Youth Support Partners (YSPs), young adults who had graduated from the foster care system, or another DHS child-serving system, and trained them...
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