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NASW Wisconsin Chapter Statement on Milwaukee Unrest, Police Shooting of Sylville Smith

The National Association of Social Workers Wisconsin Chapter is saddened by the violence, disorder and destruction that took place in the Sherman Park neighborhood of Milwaukee. Sherman Park has always been a neighborhood where residents of different racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds worked together for the overall benefit of the community. We grieve over the loss of the life of ... Read More »

Supervisory leaders in aging complete training

  By Paul R. Pace, News staff The population of Floridians over age 85 is expected to double by 2020, says Jim Akin, executive director of the NASW Florida Chapter. “Services to older adults continues to be a challenge,” Akin said. “The number of people living here are getting older and people moving here are older.” NASW, with funding from ... Read More »

Coordinators aim to resolve family conflicts

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Five states are conducting pilot projects that aim to resolve high-conflict disputes among families and older adults through a new dispute-resolution process called eldercaring coordination. The Association for Conflict Resolution Task Force on Eldercaring Coordination, in which NASW staff was involved, developed the process as articulated in the “Guidelines for Eldercaring Coordination,” released in ... Read More »

Legislation supports reimbursement for HBAI services

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Most Medicare beneficiaries go without an emotional support system when there is a change in their health status. A provision in the Improving Access to Mental Health Act (S.2173; H.R.3712) aims to fix that problem by allowing clinical social workers across the nation to bill Medicare Part B for health and behavior assessment and ... Read More »

Congress works to find consensus on opioid bills

By Alison Laurio, News contributor “It’s a problem that affects Americans in all parts of the country. It doesn’t discriminate across socio-economic lines, distinguish between urban, suburban and rural, or limit itself to the young or old.” With those words, U.S. Rep Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., addressed his constituents in an email sent May 23. Saying the country is “in the ... Read More »

Social workers key in ID, treatment of drug abuse

By Alison Laurio, News contributor The story of Jessica Grubb’s battle with heroin addiction so touched President Obama that when he traveled to Charleston, W.Va., last fall, he invited her parents to attend his public forum on opiate addiction. “Jessica Grubb had tried several programs, and she had been successful,” said Sam Hickman, executive director of the NASW West Virginia ... Read More »

In aftermath of shootings, NASW Louisiana Chapter statement calls on social workers to help bridge divisions in our society

For the second time in less than two weeks, the Louisiana Chapter of NASW (NASW-LA) offers its deepest condolences to families in our community who have lost loved ones. This time, we extend our sincere sympathy to the families of law enforcement officers Montrell Jackson, Brad Garafola, and Matthew Gerald who were killed by the senseless ambush of law enforcement ... Read More »

Meet Knee/Wittman Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Stephen Baron

The National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) has announced social worker and former District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health Director Stephen T. Baron is recipient of its Knee/Wittman Lifetime Achievement Award for his work expanding care and services for people living with mental illness and substance use disorders. “The NASW Foundation is proud to bestow this honor upon ... Read More »

Meet NASW Foundation Knee/Wittman Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient Mercedes Bern-Klug

The National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) has announced University of Iowa School of Social Work Associate Professor Mercedes Bern-Klug is recipient of its Knee/Wittman Outstanding Achievement Award for her nationally known work in improving care for people who are aging or at the end of their lives. “The NASW Foundation is proud to bestow this honor upon Dr. ... Read More »

Meet NASW Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Susan Gray

The National Association of Social Workers) has announced social work professor and author Susan Gray as recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades of work improving the treatment of people living with mental illness and educating future generations of social workers. “Dr. Gray has worked relentlessly to ensure people who experience a mental illness have the help they ... Read More »