The Handbook of Families and Poverty covers hotly debated issues associated with public policy and funded research as they relate to families and poverty. Contributors, bringing multiple perspectives to bear, aim to show alternatives to welfare in subgroups facing specific challenges that are currently not adequately addressed by the welfare system.  Readers will appreciate the insightful summaries of research involving poverty and its relationship to couple, marital, and family dynamics.

Addiction and Medicaid: A Prairie Sighting of Califano's “Elephant in the Living Room of American Society” and State Budgets

Addiction and Medicaid: A Prairie Sighting of Califano's “Elephant in the Living Room of American Society” and State Budgets

Addiction and medicaid: A prairie sighting of califano's “elephant in the living room of american society” and state budgets

In a survey of state budget directors conducted in 2001, former Secretary of Health and Human Services Joseph A. Califano, Jr., declared, “Substance abuse and addiction is the elephant in the living room of American society.” No one was willing to seriously acknowledge the presence of the beast, much less to leave a trail of peanuts to coax it out of the living room. Califano goes on to say,

Governors who want to curb child abuse, teen pregnancy, and domestic violence and further reduce welfare roles, must face up ...

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