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. 6, December

2017 National Staff Development and Training Association Awards
Career Achievement AwardNancy Dickinson is the Project Director at the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) and Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Since 2008, as NCWWI Project Director, she has led a...
A Common Agenda: A Strong Start in Life and in School
Alexandria, VA is a place where partnerships are the norm. If there is a problem, project, or event--Alexandrians approach it as a collaborative venture. Whether responding to the opioid crisis or carrying out the neighborhood Halloween party, Alexandrians...
A Data Lifeline
The federal Lifeline Program is actively partnering with state human services agencies across the country to improve the process for Medicaid and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants to get qualified for the Lifeline benefit...
A DATA LIFELINE: State & Federal Data Sharing to Streamline the Lifeline Eligibility Process for Beneficiaries Nationwide
The federal Lifeline Program is actively partnering with state human services agencies across the country to improve the process for Medicaid and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants to get qualified for the Lifeline benefit...
AI-Augmented Human Services
In the consumer realm, artificial intelligence-based technologies (AI) are slowly changing the way we manage everyday tasks. Take the driving app Waze, for example. Waze uses crowd-sourced data, social networking conversations, and cognitive learning...
AI-Augmented Human Services
In the consumer realm, artificial intelligence-based technologies (AI) are slowly changing the way we manage everyday tasks.Take the driving app Waze, for example. Waze uses crowd-sourced data, social networking conversations, and cognitive learning...
Co-Creating Generative Solutions for the Future
One of the most inspiring moments for me in writing this column each year follows our annual APHSA Leadership Retreat, held in conjunction with the Harvard Health and Human Services Summit. Each year pioneering health and human services leaders from...
Forging a Partnership between Police, Youth, and Human Services Agencies
This is a time of mounting concern regarding the overlap of children in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. (1) Indeed, this group of children is now termed "crossover youth," referring to youth who started in the child welfare system,...
In Our Do'ers Profile, We Highlight Some of the Hardworking and Talented Individuals in Public Human Services. This Issue Features Adrienne Quinn, Director of the King County Department of Community and Human Services
Name: Adrienne Quinn Title: Director of King County (WA) Department of Community and Human Services Years of Service: I have been director for four years, since November 2013. Rewards of the Job: Working with a passionate and dedicated team....
IT Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) 50th Anniversary Conference
At the end of October, ISM held its 50th annual conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. It is amazing to think of a technology conference being 50 years old, but even more amazing is a technology conference...
NSDTA Convenes Staff Development and Training Professionals in Savannah, GA
The National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA), an affinity group of the American Public Human Services Association, held its 2017 conference September 17-20 in Savannah, GA. This year's theme-Unlocking Performance, Innovate for the...
On Patrol: The Need for Better Collaboration between Front- Line Police Officers and Child Protection Workers
911 Operator: Sector David, are you available to handle an aided case in your sector?Sector David: Sector David, on the air. Go Central.911 Operator: Sector David, I'm showing a 10-54 (ambulance case) in your sector. Mother states that her four-year-old...
On Patrol: The Need for Better Collaboration between Front-Line Police Officers and Child Protection Workers
911 Operator: Sector David, are you available to handle an aided case in your sector? Sector David: Sector David, on the air. Go Central. 911 Operator: Sector David, I'm showing a 10-54 (ambulance case) in your sector. Mother states that her...
Our Do'ers Profile
Name: Adrienne QuinnTitle: Director of King County (WA) Department of Community and Human ServicesYears of Service: I have been director for four years, since November 2013.Rewards of the Job: Working with a passionate and dedicated team.Accomplishments...
Partners in IT Modernization
In 2016, when the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued new rules regarding the nation's child welfare IT systems, Commissioner Rafael López of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families told the Chronicle of Social Change that...
Partners in IT Modernization: Colorado Teams with CGI to Become First State to Modernize CCWIS
In 2016, when the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued new rules regarding the nation's child welfare IT systems, Commissioner Rafael Lopez of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families told the Chronicle of Social Change that...
Reporting Child Maltreatment by Nonprofessionals: Obligatory or Discretionary?
Mandated reporters are required to notify the appropriate authorities if, based on their training and experience, they suspect child abuse or neglect. Among the most obvious mandated reporters are health-care workers, teachers, and other school officials,...
Staff Spotlight
Name: Annette CotoTitle: Compact Associate, Interstate Affairs and Compact OperationsTime at APHSA: Eight monthsLife Before APHSA: I was an intern at the World Justice Project, working on multiple projects that surveyed the rule of law in various countries....
Storytelling in Our Field
Through Policy & Practice we share your stories--successes, challenges, lessons learned--they all contribute to the pool of knowledge in our field. Unlike data and analytics--don't get me wrong, they can change the face of human services--storytelling...
Structural Inequities in the Criminal Justice System
To quote a colleague, I was "woke." For me, serving as the deputy of a national human services association, being woke feels like being foolish-for not knowing before what I now know in my bones. But it also feels like being cleaner, wiser, and more...
Structural Inequities in the Criminal Justice System: A Personal Account
To quote a colleague, I was "woke." For me, serving as the deputy of a national human services association, being woke feels like being foolish--for not knowing before what I now know in my bones. But it also feels like being cleaner, wiser, and more...
WHO SAYS ELEPHANTS CAN'T DAnCE?
Published in 2002, Who Says Elephants Can't Dance? Leading a Great Enterprise through Dramatic Change hit the bookstores as a "must read" for the business sector. Written by former IBM CEO Lou Gerstner, the book traced nearly a decade of leadership that...
Who Says Elephants Can't Dance? Linking the Human Services and Third-Grade Reading for Transformative Change
Published in 2002, Who Says Elephants Can't Dance? Leading a Great Enterprise through Dramatic Change hit the bookstores as a "must read" for the business sector. Written by former IBM CEO Lou Gerstner, the book traced nearly a decade of leadership...
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