Magazine article Policy & Practice of Public Human Services

Letter from the Executive Director

Magazine article Policy & Practice of Public Human Services

Letter from the Executive Director

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This issue of POLICY & PRACTICE reflects our continuing commitment to senior care-to develop, promote, and implement comprehensive national policy that best serves our nation's senior citizens and their families. The recent summer meeting of the National Council of State Human Service Administrators also had senior care as the theme and, with the assistance of many nationally renowned experts and our own members, explored implications of the aging on public human services. We are clearly helping to frame and energize the national policy dialogue on this issue in a way that transcends the current narrow focus on Medicare reform and embraces the totality of senior care and the human services.

As we turn our attention to address vital human services policy issues, we must also continue our vigilance to preserve both the funding at the state level and flexibility for the public human services. Over the last several months, the American Public Human Services Association, together with our affiliate organizations and in partnership with other national associations, has

defeated an effort to cut the TANF block grant

gained important improvements in the federal food stamp program

countered efforts to reduce federal funding of the child support enforcement program

proposed a new way for the federal government to finance child welfare services to promote state innovation and creativity in strengthening families. …

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