Of Gears and Conveyor Belts

Of Gears and Conveyor Belts

Is Legislation the Only Way to Prevent the Flow of Seniors Who, Every Year, are Forced into Nursing Homes?

By Jason Bloome

When robots go haywire and cars with five wheels start rolling off the assembly lines we know we have a problem. Poor outcomes often result from failures in design. The California Coordinated ..Read More…

Failure to Launch

Problems Cited in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Evaluation of California’s Coordinated Care Initiative May Cripple Its Success

By Jason Bloome

In December 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the first evaluation report of California’s Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI).  Here are some of the report’s findings.

Demonstration Changes Announced ..Read More…

A Puzzle With Missing Pieces

MLTSS cannot succeed in California without integrating assisted living facilities.

By Jason Bloome

Managed Long Term Support and Services (MLTSS) programs are quickly expanding throughout the nation. More than 24 states have MLTSS programs which consist of State Medicaid Agencies providing capitated payments to managed care organizations (MCOs) for the provision of LTSS, often in ..Read More…

What’s in a Word(s)? Social Work Image

By Allison D. Murdach, LCSW (retired)

This column examines words which impact social work practice and are thus important for social workers to ponder and explore. Our words for today are: social work image.

Over the past few decades social workers have become increasingly concerned about the profession’s reputation in the world at large. In ..Read More…

A Silent Crisis


 Very few options exist in California for low-income families who care for the elderly with Alzheimer’s who could “wander”.

By Jason Bloome

Seniors are the fastest growing demographic age group in California. California’s Department of Finance predicts between now and 2026 the number of seniors 65 and older will grow by 2.6 million: ..Read More…

Special Immigration Juvenile Status


By Maribel Contreras, Eric Garza, Cynthia Lugo, Denise Romero, Stacey Santos, California State University, Long Beach

The Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) eligible youth population is a diverse group, which includes but is not limited to: unaccompanied migrant children, accompanied migrant children, ethnic diversity and age. Age plays a significant role in ..Read More…

Human Trafficking Continues to Urge Attention from Both Legal and Political Interventions


By Rikisha Hawthorne

Nature of the Problem

The report on human trafficking indicated that close to 20.9 million adults and children fall victim to human trafficking across the world (Puente, Aba & Skulj, 2014, p. 54). The statistics also indicated that about 54 percent of the victims are globally exploited sexually. ..Read More…

What’s in a Word(s)? Difficult Decisions



By Al Murdach, LCSW (Retired)

This column explores some of the meanings behind words that today have a significant impact on social workers. Our words for today are “difficult decisions.”

Social workers are often called upon to help clients make difficult decisions. While in the past this topic was uppermost in ..Read More…