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. 4, August

Charting New Pathways: Navigating the Future of Work in Health and Human Services
Health and Human Services (H/HS) leaders know the challenges their more than 2.5 million staff members face: an intense work environment, high turnover, and growing caseloads. This helps explain why workforce and talent management are top concerns...
Connecting Family First with CCWIS
The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA or Family First), passed as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (H.R. 1892), is a monumental shift on how child welfare services are provided and financed that aims to improve outcomes for vulnerable...
Data Sharing Drives Positive Outcomes: What Social Services Agencies Need in the Opioid Battle
It is no secret that America's opioid epidemic has left many broken souls in its wake. With estimated opioid-related overdose deaths now totaling more than 42,000 per year and annual costs associated with the epidemic topping $ 500 billion, the devastation...
Defining Success by 2022: Moving toward the Generative State
Earlier this year, at our annual National Health and Human Services Summit, we released our Strategic Playbook, which serves as the guidebook for our members' action plan for the next five years. In April's issue, we shared our newly adopted vision...
Gaming the System: How the Misuse of Data Impedes Innovation
Wells Fargo is the canary in the mine for performance management. Rather than an aberration or a group of bad actors, they are the poster child for following the performance management playbook. Top management had crystal clear priorities (increasing...
IGNITING THE POTENTIAL the Health and Human Services Workforce: Investing in Your Workforce and Moving Up the Value Curve
Human services agencies achieve their mission of serving children, families, and vulnerable populations through their people--their workforce. An emphasis has always been placed on providing good practice, but not so much on the workforce that facilitates...
Innovating Child Welfare Service Delivery: A Next-Generation System of Engagement
One sentence. Just one sentence in a five-year-old case file can drastically change the life of a child. Identify the best placement for a child entering care. Ensure a family gets timely assessments. Uncover a hidden kinship connection. Or simply...
Relmagining Data at ACF: Agency Prioritizes Data Sharing Actions in Response to State Feedback
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) promotes the economic and social well-being of children, families, individuals, and communities with leadership and resources for thoughtful...
The Legal Contours of Child Endangerment
Adults who care for children have a legal obligation to ensure those children avoid unreasonably dangerous situations. Failing to adequately protect a child may result in the caregiver being charged with "child endangerment" or "endangering the welfare...
Top Five Reasons for Attending the NSDTA Annual Education Conference
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Education Conference. Scheduled for September 30-October 3 in Columbus, OH, the 2018 conference theme is Champions in Flight: Launching Innovation...
Using Data to Improve Policy Decisions: Insights to Help Governments Address Complex Problems
Every day, human services professionals in the public sector make complex policy decisions that affect citizens, such as how to improve service delivery, allocate budget dollars, and respond to crises. Increasingly, they use insights gleaned from massive...
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