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HUMAN SERVICES -- 1997

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JANUARY 1997
105 Loose DC Options for Welfare Cover Range: Task Force Considering Cap, Drug Tests
114 Jeter Welfare Rolls Down 22% in VA, MD: Two-Year Decline Outpaces Nation(15%)
114 Goldstein DC Infant Death Rate Hits Record Low, but still tops US (16.6 vs 8.8(MD), 7.7(VA)
117 Loose Health Plan Proposed for DC Working Poor (part of welfare overhaul)
122 Locy Court Monitor to Review DC Medicaid Progs (so badly mngd, violates rights of eligible)
123 Editor DC Initiative: Day 1221--failed plan to eliminate City's homeless
123 Vise Barry Calls Cuts Cruel to City's Poor (Dept Human Services)
126 Editor Gaming the Poor in DC--getting wise to Barry's games
128 Loeb Getting DC Housing in Order: Court says receiver making 'huge dent'
129 Motnihan Big Lie of 1996: Teenaged Birth Rates down--illegitimacy rates up (96.8% in DC)
FEBRUARY, 1997
203 Loeb/Powell DC Foster Care Tensions Get Airing at Public Forum
205 Editor Fights and Foster Care
213 Powell (Law) Firm that Sued DC on Child Welfare Seeks Millions in Fees
214 Havemann New Welfare Law Gives States Bonus (due to decline in Caseload nationally)
216 Adams Caring for the Homeless: Its No Game
219 Harris DC Council Approves Welfare Changes: Work requirement and 5-yr limit
226 Powell/Loeb Child Welfare Chief Slams DC Hospital--decries service
228 Vise Barry to Cut his Signature Job Program for Poor
MARCH, 1997 HUMAN SERVICES
308 King Peddling Gin and Ginseng to DC--ads target black males
310 Loeb+ DC HMO Payment is Blocked--links to mayor cited in 3x overpriced award
312 Editor Mr. Williams (CFO) Should Hang Tough--against overpaying HMO
326 Williams Control Board Has Firm Ideas re Next Human Services Chief--give Barry names
327 Goldstein DC (Doctors License Renewal) Delays Put Doctors on the Spot
APRIL, 1997
402 Loeb After a DC Shelter, it's Home Sweet Home
403
Barry Approves List of Ideas for Reforming Welfare in DC --no details
417 Harris DC Job Training Program Ranks Dead Last in US--welfare-to-work mandate at risk
MAY, 1997
502 Goldstein DC Health Blue Print Would Shut 4 Clinics, Cut Hospital's Service
505 Brown Death Rates for Children Rise in DC--high number of teenagers dying violently
506 Harris DC Asks US to Redefine Work Under New Law--include job hunting, exclude handicapped
508 Loeb Efforts to Reform Foster Care System Found Wanting--US Court Monitor has 'grave concerns'
510 O'Harrow Child Poverty Surges in Area--85% rise in suburbs over 4 years
510 Vobejda Welfare Drop (20% Nationally) Attributed to Economic Rise--except in DC, AL, HI, and CA
512
Most DC Doctors Managed to Renew Medical Licenses--at last minute
517 Loose DC Welfare Mothers Wary of Official Effort to Track Down Fathers--might backfire
522 Powell Budget Deal Would Cut DC Medicaid Costs--US pay more, save DC $1B in 5 years
522 Williams Barry Wants More Hiring of Residents--by DC contractors
522 Jeter Welfare Rolls (in MD) Down 29.5% since 1995--Howard County drops 47.8%
523
Barry's Hiring Proposal (by contractors) Denounced (by Davis) at House Hearing
JUNE, 1997
604 Loeb/Powell DC Foster Care Receiver to Resign (after blistering assessment of performance)
605 Editor Jobs, Jobs, Jobs for Teens--pushing businesses to provide jobs
615 Staff Judge May Appoint Receiver for DC Mental Health Services--already under court order
615 Siegel Hospitals Cornered: GWU Hospital economics changing rapidly and unfavorably
617 Loeb DC Comm Mental Health Services Ordered into Receivership: City has fallen "woefully short"
618 Editor Another Day, Another Receiver--another failed Barry promise
622 Fields Closed for Good: How Court Restored Dignity to Residents of "DC Village" nursing home
JULY, 1997
703 Harris Barry Names Acting Chief as City Medical Examiner (ignoring search panel's choice)
707 Loeb Immense Task Awaits Monitor of DC (Mental Health) Agency (system broken for 22 years)
711 Bazzi DC Expansion of Summer Nutrition Program Praised as Nat'l Model 20,000: free lunches daily)
712 None Fast Action Sought (from Council by Mayor) on ($150M) DC Medicaid Contracts (a year late)
715 Goldstein Council Refuses to Act on DC Medicaid Plan (too complicated, no time to review)
715 Goldstein Interim DC Health Chief (Sloane) Won't Get Perm. Apptmnt (too outspoken, not team player)
716 Goldstein After Describing Job Frustrations, DC Health Chief (Sloane) Ordered to Vacate Office
726 Williams Again, DC Council Spurns Medicaid Plan (fails for third time in special session)
730 Editor A DC Medicaid Overhaul--long overdue, but concerns must be settled
AUGUST, 1997
801WilliamsOn 4th Attempt, DC Council Approves Medicaid Contracts
813Harris(National) Welfare Rolls Continue to Drop Sharply (25%)--DC down less than 10%
813HarrisFor DC Morgue Chief, Death is Reason for Living--significant improvements made
825Woodlee(Employee) Disability System in DC Ill-equipped to Prevent Abuses--understaffed, poorly managed
828HarrisDistrict's Job Training Under Fire (from Labor Dept)--$17K per trainee v $7K nationally in '95
828EditorDisability Rip-Offs in DC--city history of "fat, unchecked disability payments"
829HavemannWelfare Reform Still on Roll as States Bounce It Down to Counties: lesson for DC?
829EditorDC's Atrocious Job-training Ruse: $11.4M spent to place 1079 city residents in jobs
SEPTEMBER, 1997
909McCaffreyMedical Marijuana? Don't Do It, DC--too many drugs in cities now, minimal medical efficacy
921Linowes (rdr)Bad Medicine for the Poor--don't merge Baltimore and NCA Blue Crosses--DC has big credit balance
928BabingtonDC, MD Face Fines from HHS ($100M/$274M) Over Delays Computerizing Child Support Systems
928SloaneFired by Mayor Barry--former DC public health commissioner details mess in "dysfunctional system"
930LooseDC Infant Death Rate Hits New Low--30% below '91--now like other cities with large black pop'ns
OCTOBER, 1997
1001PierreMaryland Families Finding Way Off Welfare--Study tracks recipients' status after state rules tighten
1006BooMost (180) DC Day-Care Centers Have Expired Licenses--safety threatens welfare law's success
1008LoebDC Medical Malpractice Proposals (from Rep. Taylor) Draw Fire--called "Congressional despotism"
1009Harris(Court-appointed Interim) Receiver (Hamm) Walks Off Job At Child Welfare Agency--no appointment
1009LoebIt Really Didn't Hurt for Long--DC Health Director Sloane resurfaces as Congressional candidate
1010BooBarry Urges Closer Check on Day Care--wants more inspectors
1018HarrisMany Doubt DC Day Care Can Match Welfare Reform: can't find care for kids of 4000 welfare moms
1019LoebReports Detail DC Govt Failings: Health Dept: leadership vacuum; 3rd world statistics, many vacancies
1019Mayor Barry ltrHarvey Sloane (Health Commissioner) Deserved the Ax: no leadership; rampant mgmt problems
1023LewisUS Atty General Reno Targets Beleaguered DC Morgue--wants new medical examiner, oust Barry choice
1024GainesAIDS Services in DC Plead for Grant Funds;city agency blamed for delayed AIDS housing aid
1028GoldsteinHead of DC AIDS Agency Removed--way behind in paying bills for AIDS patient housing
1031LoebHomless Families Feel Chilly Threat--DC officials preparing to close shelters due to Congress's cuts
NOVEMBER, 1997
1103HavemannWelfare Clients Already Work, Off the Books: side income can hamper reform--lowers urge to change
1103StaffBenefits Contract Awarded to Lockheed Martin to give 88,000 residents food stamps automatically
1104StaffCity Pays Up: $300,000 payment means AIDS Patients won't be evicted from AIDS shelters
1108EditorCity Hall and Day-Care Centers: half don't have valid licenses--gotta elect competent people who care
1121HorwitzDistrict's Acting Medical Examiner Offered Position near Cleveland, pay $100K
1125StraussDC Nursing Contracts (w/schools, hospitals)Scrutinized: DC IG says firm overbilled city, underpaid wkrs
1125LiptonFairfax County Offers 245 Welfare Recipients (free) Rides to Work where public transport limited
DECEMBER, 1997
1206StaffActing Medical Examiner Germaniuk Quits to Take Job in Ohio--survived ghastly problems at DC morgue
1209GoldsteinDC Seeks to Expand Health Care for Needy Children--expand Medicaid to 8300 kids of working poor
1219WilgorernSchool Budget Hearing Draws Few (3 of 9) Trustees, Much Criticism--short notice, only 20 speakers
1219LooseDistrict Says It Has Met Welfare Reform Target of 3500 off rolls in year--but only 515 have paying jobs
1222EditorChild Care (Tax) Credit--valid goal to help low income families work--but they don't pay taxes now
1222EscobarDeaths Pose Continuing DC Mystery--hundreds of 'undetermined' cases muddy statistics (36/yr for 7yrs)
1228PierreTrading Textbooks for Jobs--welfare changes force many to leave college--classes aren't work--to be fought
1230StaffCity Shelter's Population Growing--cold snap brings more to DC village--now hypothermia shelter
1231BabingtonMD Faulted for Passing Up US Funds--for mental health care--too complicated--32 other states got $

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