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. 76, No. 3, June

2018 APHSA Member Awards
At this year's APHSA National Health and Human Services Summit, May 6-9 in Arlington, VA, four member awards were presented in the follow categories: Jerry W. Friedman Health and Human Services Impact Award. Established by APHSA in honor of Jerry...
CCWIS--A Call to Action to Increase Capacity
Many states are in the process of developing plans for implementing a Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System (CCWIS). These next-generation systems offer improved integration, connectivity, and reporting capabilities. However, too many of the...
Collaborative Law and Public Human Services Agencies
Collaborative law is a nonadversarial alternative for resolving disputes and conflicts that emerge in divorce and other family law matters. By negotiating mutually acceptable out-of-court agreements, the parties often save time and money and endure...
Distant Memories, Fresh Wounds: Litigation Strategies for Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
In most claims for personal injury there are time limits by which the claim must be brought. There are various exceptions, including sexual abuse that took place many years ago when the claimant was a minor. In all lawsuits, the credibility of facts...
IGNITING; THE POTENTIAL the Health and Human Services Workforce: PART 3 Move to the Front: A Strategy for Becoming a Stronger Self
Consider this: You wake up late on a Monday morning, and then your car has a flat tire on the way to work. Later, you discover the leftover chicken tikka masala you were going to eat for lunch sits forgotten on the kitchen counter. At three o'clock,...
Improving Citizen Engagement through Human-Centered Design: Our Partnership with the New York City Department of Social Services
The New York City Department of Social Services (DSS) serves three million vulnerable New Yorkers. The agency has a workforce of close to 18,000 and delivers a wide range of services from public assistance and employment services to a large homeless...
Innovations in Using Guardianship to Preserve Families: A National Scan of Policy and Practice
Children in relative adoptions and foster care experience better outcomes than do children placed in non-kinship foster care. (1) These outcomes include greater placement stability, fewer school changes, higher levels of permanency, and better behavioral...
In Our Do'ers Profile, We Highlight Some of the Hardworking and Talented Individuals in Health and Human Services. This Issue Features Ron Clewer, Chief Operating Officer, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
Name: Ron Clewer Title: Chief Operating Officer, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Years of Service: 10 years collectively in the field--1 year with the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. Prior to serving as COO of the Alliance,...
John Doe Is Not the Father: How a Practice Change Helped Families in Denver
At Denver Human Services (DHS); our mission is to protect those in harm's way and help all people in need. A large part of living out that mission involves protecting children from abuse and neglect. Keeping kids safe can be a challenge, however, when...
MOVING beyond COMPLIANCE: ACCELERATED OUTCOMES IN CHILD WELFARE
The spirit of child welfare is safeguarding children and families. When the rubber meets the road, however, service delivery is predominantly driven by compliance. The obligation to comply with federal funding rules, state regulations, and court orders...
Putting Family and Community at the Center: What Does It Really Take?
Consider this: what if each one of us--in the work we do every day no matter our role, vantage point, or experience, were relentless in our pursuit of the limitless possibilities of human potential? What if we were truly committed to having all individuals...
Staff Spotlight
Name: Romuald L. Tassigne Title: Research Associate, Center for Employment and Economic Weil-Being (CEEWB) Time at APHSA: I started working at APHSA in March of this year. Life Before APHSA: Prior to joining the organization, I was working...
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