Magazine article Public Welfare

Editor's Note

Magazine article Public Welfare

Editor's Note

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With this issue of PUBLIC WELFARE, we say goodbye to public assistance as it has existed in this country for more than 60 years. For some readers this will be a sad occasion; for others it will be a welcome opportunity. Wherever you stand, I think we in the human service community agree that this nation is entering a period of significant uncertainty during which our appetites for information will be enormous.

As the new editor of PUBLIC WELFARE, I can tell you that this journal will be a source of timely articles and interviews on topics relevant to this period of reform. We also plan to publish some specialty issues in the coming year on housing and child welfare programs that stand to be affected by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996.

As the landscape around public assistance continues to change, we'll try to adapt to make this publication as useful as possible for our readers. That's why PUBLIC WELFARE continues to be in the midst of some transition. With this issue we inaugurate our "Dispatches from the States" column which brings you real-people, real places.

We're continuing our two most recent feature additions - "A View from the States", and our interview with a personality significant to the human services field.

This month Arnold R. Tompkins, director of Ohio's Department of Human Services, writes about OhioFirst, the state's welfare reform program which was designed with federal block grants in mind. It's a state initiative that emphasizes career development, support services, and stringent sanctions for those who fail to comply. …

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