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Senate Prepares Final Vote on MH Parity Bill

Take Action – Ask Your Senators to Vote for S. 3335 on the Floor The U.S. Senate may consider legislation to improve insurance coverage for mental health and addiction treatment as early as tomorrow, Tuesday, July 29. Please phone your Senators with the quick message below urging them to support this critical mental health and addictions treatment legislation. Background: The ... Read More »

Social Work Congressional Hearing

Colleagues, NASW is pleased to forward this notice regarding an historic milestone for the profession. The US House Healthy Families and Communities Sub-committee of the Health and Labor Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday, July 29, 3:00pm EDST, Room 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Caring for the Vulnerable: The State of Social Work in America.” ... Read More »

ABC NEWS: Social Worker is “Person of the Week”

The ABC News edition of “Person of the Week” for July 11th featured Joanne Goldblum, LCSW. She was honored for her work founding The Diaper Bank. View Video: http://abcnews.go.com/WN/PersonOfWeek/story?id=5357591&page=1 While working as a social worker in New Haven, Conn., Joanne Goldblum had an alarming realization. “I guess I’m a little bit singled-minded,” she said. “And I just got a little ... Read More »

Social Work in the News – July 22, 2008

Source: Google News Moving mother in right direction MetroWest Daily News – Framingham, MA By Debbie Gitner, LCSW, and Linda Sullivan, RN Q: My mother agreed to move to an assisted living facility. However, when we begin to talk about details of … UI Social Work building construction set to start in September Urbana/Champaign News-Gazette – Champaign, IL The UI ... Read More »

Medicare Bill Gives Victory to Social Workers

For Immediate Release: July 17, 2008 Washington—In a milestone victory, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) commends the U.S. Senate and House for overriding President Bush’s veto of the Medicare legislation, H.R. 6331, restoring funding for clinical social work payments cut in 2007 and greatly improving coverage of outpatient psychotherapy services. The final House vote on the Medicare Improvements ... Read More »

Important Video Message from NASW Executive Director Betsy Clark

Please take a moment to view an important video message from NASW Executive Director Betsy Clark regarding the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLaGCXjBC7g Send a letter to your U.S. Representative in support of H.R. 5447 by visiting http://capwiz.com/socialworkers/issues/bills/?bill=11030061 Send a letter to your Senators in support of S. 2858 by visiting http://capwiz.com/socialworkers/issues/bills/?bill=11274081 ... Read More »

Social Work in the News – July 15, 2008

Source: Google News Social work agencies: budget cuts would lead to health care crisis Marion Daily Republican – Marion, IL By Tom Kane Franklin-Williamson Human Services CEO John Markley explains state budget cuts’ impact on social service agencies at a Monday press conference … Need More Schooling? Maybe the Boss Will Pay KOAM-TV – Pittsburg, KS According to a National ... Read More »

Medicare Bill Passes Senate; On Way to President for Signature

Take Action! In a beginning victory for the Social Work Reinvestment Initiative, the U.S. Senate passed Medicare legislation, H.R. 6331, which will restore funding for clinical social work payments cut in 2007. The vote was 69-30 thanks to the return of Senator Ted Kennedy (MA), whose vote swayed a number of members to create a veto-proof margin. Thank you to ... Read More »

Social Work in the News – July 3, 2008

Source: Google News Supervise children closely around fireworks Statesman Journal – Salem, OR Bill MacMorris-Adix, MSW, LCSW is a social worker with Salem-Keizer Public Schools and a member of the Marion County Juvenile Firesetter Intervention … Obama backs faith-based social work AFP WASHINGTON (AFP) — A day after vowing to fight slurs against his patriotism, Democratic White House hopeful Barack ... Read More »

Medicare Bill Near Completion; President Signs Medicaid Moratorium

Take Action! NASW had important issues at stake in the Congress this week as major bills concerning both Medicare and Medicaid moved closer to the President for signature. Medicare Bill Falters on the Senate Floor, Re-Vote ExpectedLast night 39 Senate Republicans blocked passage of the Medicare bill (H.R.6331). The Senate fell just one vote short of a necessary 60 votes ... Read More »