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. 75, No. 4, August

A Provider, a Researcher, and a New Way of Improving Lives
We asked Heather Reynolds, President and CEO of Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW) and James Sullivan, Director of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) at the University of Notre Dame about their work together to reduce poverty...
Association News
What Works in Training and Technical Assistance? Introducing the NSDTA JournalTraining and Development in Human Services-Supporting Change in Child Welfare: An Evaluation of Training and Technical Assistance is the latest journal published by the National...
Bring It On
We asked Heather Reynolds, President and CEO of Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW) and James Sullivan, Director of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) at the University of Notre Dame about their work together to reduce poverty and...
DESTINATION Employment
We are already aware of the economic benefits of work as the best avenue out of poverty: wages at an entry-level job are higher than public assistance benefits in every state; wage supplementation programs through the tax system, such as the Earned Income...
Foster Children, Foster Parents, and Drunk Driving
Want to be a foster parent in Nebraska? You can't have had a driving under the influence (DUI or DWI) conviction for the previous five years. (1) Similar policies exist in Montana, (2) Nevada, (3) Texas, (4) West Virginia, (5) and other states. Should...
Good Child Welfare Metrics May Help Avert Lawsuits
Today's child welfare administrators, supervisors, and front-line staff need real-time information for real-time concerns. So do the clients, regulators, advocates, and journalists that have an interest in the agency. Without immediate access to relevant...
How We Can Keep Vulnerable Citizens Safer
Protecting those who are most vulnerable, particularly our elders and people with intellectual or physical disabilities, is an essential function of state governments. As the backbone of systems of care that provide the programmatic and financial supports...
In Our Do'ers Profile, We Highlight Some of the Hardworking and Talented Individuals in Public Human Services. This Issue Features Cheryl Boley, Director of the Perry County (OH) Job and Family Services Agency
Name: Cheryl Boley [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Title: Director, Perry County (OH) Job and Family Services Agency Years of Service: 22 years-seven years in my current position Rewards Of the Job: The betterment of families and communities through...
Leading with Purpose: Pioneers for Thriving Communities
As I sit down to write this column, I find myself re-energized by a remarkable couple of days spent with health and human services leaders from across the nation who are sparking innovation and driving systems change in their communities. In late June,...
National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise: California’s Experience
Everyone working in child welfare does it because they want to improve the lives of children. Social workers investigate allegations, make family maintenance or removal decisions, and develop case plans in the best interest of children. If removal from...
National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise: California's Experience
Everyone working in child welfare does it because they want to improve the lives of children. Social workers investigate allegations, make family maintenance or removal decisions, and develop case plans in the best interest of children. If removal...
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 Cheryl Boley, Director of the Perry County (OH) Job and Family Services AgencyName: Cheryl BoleyTitle: Director, Perry...
Promising Practices for Incident Management
Protecting those who are most vulnerable, particularly our elders and people with intellectual or physical disabilities, is an essential function of state governments. As the backbone of systems of care that provide the programmatic and financial supports...
Tapping into the Potential of Public Health and Social Services Partnerships
Millions of Americans suffer from one or more chronic diseases. Individuals with lower income, lower levels of education, or who are racial or ethnic minorities bear the brunt of chronic disease, posing a great challenge to their workforce engagement...
Tapping into the Potential of Public Health and Social Services Partnerships: A Framework to Improve Outcomes for Disadvantaged Workers
Millions of Americans suffer from one or more chronic diseases. Individuals with lower income, lower levels of education, or who are racial or ethnic minorities bear the brunt of chronic disease, posing a great challenge to their workforce engagement...
The Benefits of Work and the Importance of Subsidized Employment
We are already aware of the economic benefits of work as the best avenue out of poverty: wages at an entry-level job are higher than public assistance benefits in every state; wage supplementation programs through the tax system, such as the Earned...
The Road to Zero: How Chronic Homelessness Is Ending in a Major Rust Belt Community
"I was just so...overwhelmed," said Michael "Squirrel" Macias. "I actually think I cried myself to sleep that first night... joyful tears." [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Squirrel spent the previous two years living in a makeshift shelter along the banks...
The Road to Zero: How Chronic Homelessness Is Ending in a Major Rust Belt Community
"I was just so.. .overwhelmed," said I Michael "Squirrel" Macias. "I actually think I cried myself to sleep that first night ... joyful tears."Squirrel spent the previous two years living in a makeshift shelter along the banks of the Milwaukee River....
Using Behavioral Economics to Move the Needle on Maternal and Child Health
Have you ever sworn off fast food, only to sneak a fry from your kid's plate when she looks the other way? Or realized you still haven't enrolled in that 401k plan even though you promised yourself you would? Sure you have. We all have. As common...
What Works in Training and Technical Assistance? Introducing the NSDTA Journal
Training and Development in Human Services--Supporting Change in Child Welfare: An Evaluation of Training and Technical Assistance is the latest journal published by the National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA). It presents findings...
When Data Insight Is a Matter of Life and Death: The Role of Data and Analytics in Addressing the U.S. Opioid Crisis
A pediatric emergency physician in a suburb of St. Louis gives parents the devastating news that their 18-year-old son has died of a heroin overdose. A life extinguished far too soon. This horrifying scenario plays out every day across the United States...
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