Magazine article Policy & Practice

Support for APHSA Critical to Success of Local Agencies

Magazine article Policy & Practice

Support for APHSA Critical to Success of Local Agencies

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It has been a privilege to serve as chair of APHSA's National Council of Local Human Service Administrators over the past two years. Working alongside state and county colleagues from around the country is enlightening and productive; and our staff at APHSA is simply the best. Given all the challenges we face in the economy and public-sector finances, our work together at the national level to promote responsive and flexible policies for those we serve is essential.

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First of all, I would like to encourage you to be sure that your membership with APHSA is current and that your dues are paid. APHSA and the NCLHSA need your active participation to keep our organization's voice in Washington effective. Over the coming year, many important policies affecting human services will be debated in Washington--the halls of Congress and the Department of Heath and Human Services are alive with new energy. For those of us responsible for making these policies real in communities across the country, APHSA is our representative. Today we see new energy in the halls of Congress, the Department of Heath and Human Services, our state capitols and our own agencies. In this world of spirited debate--health reform is today's hot topic; TANF reauthorization is around the corner; child welfare and foster care financing are in desperate need of reform; long-term care solutions are losing ground in too many parts of the country; and reflections on outcomes from ARRA are already beginning. Even if just a few of these topics receive all the attention they deserve, 2010 will be a pivotal year.

With this in mind, I want to encourage all our members to attend the upcoming APHSA Policy Summit in Portland, Ore. This summit will set the stage for APHSA's 2010 policy agenda and the value of input from local members cannot be overstated. So, be sure to register--it will be held Dec. 7-8 at the Doubletree Hotel Portland-Lloyd Center--your presence adds so much to the dialogue. You can find details on APHSA's web site.

I also want to encourage you to work with and get to know our new officers for the NCLHSA. We have a strong slate of officers that includes: Dennis Anderson, from Dakota County, Minn., as chair; Uma Ahluwalia from Montgomery County, Md., and Cathi Grams from Butte County, Calif., as vice chairs. You may notice that this slate has two vice chairs, the addition of a second vice chair is part of our effort to expand the representation and participation in our leadership. …

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