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Social Workers and the COVID-19 Vaccine

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Updated January 26, 2021 Many social workers have begun receiving COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccine distribution is being managed in phases and groups on a state level. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) anticipates social workers fall in every phase depending on population served, level of direct client interaction, work setting, age and health status. How quickly social workers are inoculated and ... Read More »

NASW Strongly Condemns Recent Police Misconduct

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By Mel Wilson, MBA, LCSW NASW Senior Policy Advisor, Social Justice and Human Rights Within the last three weeks, two incidents of apparent police misconduct have received national attention that NASW finds to be deeply problematic. The first incident is related to the police shooting of 24-year-old Casey Goodson Jr., a Black man from Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Goodson, who was ... Read More »

Social Worker appointed to CDC’s Community Preventive Services Task Force

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Social worker Michael Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH, has been appointed to the Centers for Disease Control’s Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) for a five year-year term starting in 2022. Lindsey is executive director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University (NYU) and Constance and Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies at NYU Silver ... Read More »

NASW thrilled bill to reduce suicides in rural areas passes Congress

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is thrilled that the Seeding Rural Resilience Act, which we endorsed, has passed Congress and will  go to the President’s desk for signature. The bill is crucial in reducing the high rate of rural suicides. NASW is part of the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG), a coalition of national organizations representing consumers, family ... Read More »

NASW seeking public comments on Clinical Social Workers in Private Practice: A Reference Manual

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NASW’s Task Force for Private Practice Guidelines is seeking public comments for the document, Clinical Social Workers in Private Practice:  A Reference Manual. This manual provides a useful set of guidelines for clinical social workers starting a private practice and for seasoned clinical social workers seeking specific information related to the practice and business side of a private practice. Your ... Read More »

Medicare Open Enrollment Ends December 7

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  By Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW  Senior Practice Associate–Aging, NASW    The annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period (OEP) ends on December 7. Seeking tips on enrollment for your clients, family members, or yourself? This blog provides a brief overview and links to multiple resources. During the OEP, Medicare beneficiaries can review, compare, and switch their prescription drug (Part D) and ... Read More »

NASW joins physician and health care provider groups in protesting new final 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined other organizations in criticizing the final 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services failed to provide relief from a significant shift in physician and non-physician payments expected to take effect on January 1, 2021. The cuts scheduled to go into effect will severely hamper the delivery of health ... Read More »

Election 2020: Wins All Around!

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December 1, 2020 About Social Work Responds The Association of Social Work Boards, the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Association of Social Workers are committed to collaborating on the range of issues affecting the social work profession and the people and communities we serve. Election 2020: Wins All Around! Election Day was just four weeks ago, but ... Read More »

President-Elect Biden taps Social Worker Jared Bernstein for Council of Economic Advisers

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President-Elect Joe Biden has appointed social worker Jared Bernstein to his Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). The CEA is a small group of experts who offer the president advice on economic matters. Bernstein, PhD, MSW, is a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Bernstein is a longtime economic adviser to Biden. He previously served as the executive ... Read More »