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NASW Updates on Hurricane Harvey and Irma

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Photo courtesy of ABC News.

NASW TEXAS CHAPTER:

In accordance with section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, the Office of the Governor temporarily suspends all necessary statutes and rules to allow health care providers employed by a hospital and licensed and in good standing in another state to practice in Texas in order assist with the Tropical Depression Harvey disaster response operations.  Hospitals must submit to the applicable licensing entity each out-of-state provider’s name, provider type, state of license, and license identification number.

This suspension is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the Tropical Depression Harvey disaster declaration is lifted or expires.

Licensed health care professionals should contact their Texas licensing boards for more information on the approval process.

Texas hospitals may contact Pamela Adams, Program Specialist, Facility Licensing Group at (512) 834-6600, extension 2607 or at pamela.adams@hhsc.state.tx.us with any questions.

 

Will Francis, LMSW
Government Relations Director
National Association of Social Workers/Texas Chapter
 

Additional Information:

The NASW Texas Chapter is urging members to follow evacuation orders. Social workers who wish to assist people affected by the storm should work with the American Red Cross. The Chapter will post hurricane-related information for social workers on its website and its Facebook page. And here is more information from the City of Houston:

Ways to help Houston recover from Harvey
Individuals. Call 211 (713-685-2300 if out of area). They are coordinating volunteers.
Individuals. Go to the George R Brown Convention Center. There are people there who will guide them to the appropriate group.
Groups or Individuals. Register at volunteerhouston.org (likely the most comprehensive and easiest to use).
Corporations wanting to donate supplies or money (for example, XYZ Corp has truckloads of supplies they want to contribute):
Please send an email to Norma.Meadows@houstontx.gov and Carlecia.Wright@houstontx.gov with the following information:
– Name of organization
– Name of person to call regarding the donation
– Email of Point of Contact
– Service provided
Individuals wanting to donate. Harris County & COH JOINT Donations Hotline. 1-800-924-5985
Medical volunteers. SETRAC website for medical volunteers to register for disaster volunteer ops: https://texasdisastervolunteerregistry.org/

 

 NASW FLORIDA CHAPTER:

The NASW Florida Chapter has posted information on its website and Facebook page for social workers to sign up as Red Cross mental health volunteers and a list of shelters for Miami/Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. NASW Florida Chapter’s Big Bend Unit members are relocating displaced senior citizens from South Florida to a facility in Tallahassee.The Florida Chapter will issue more updates as needed. NASW is also seeking hurricane information from our Puerto Rico and Virgin Island Chapters.

20 comments

  1. Nery Suleyma Hernandez

    I am a Social Worker with an active LLMSW and residing in Michigan. I came to visit my family last Tuesday in August 22, 2017 and I still here.
    I had work for the Community Mental Health with individuals who have mental illness. I currently working for Detroit Receiving Hospital as case manager/Social Worker. I would love to help.
    I scheduled to flight bs I on Thursday 8-31-2017.
    Please contact me by cell phone 248-884-9229.

    Thank you!
    Nery Hernandez, LLMSW

  2. Hello,

    I am an LCSW level Social Worker working out of Pennsylvania. I am available to help in the aftermath of the flood in Texas. Please let me know if Incan be of assistance.

    Rhonda

  3. Can you use RN’s?

  4. Can’t seem to get through to the application on the ARC website due to a high volume of traffic.

  5. Is there a need for any radiology technologists trained in trauma and Interventional Radiology/ Cardiology Cath lab?

  6. I would love to help. Any chance of not having to be under the supervision of the Red Cross ? They are not the most ethical and through experience with other disasters, not friendly, down right rude and spent to much time talking about hurricane sandy being a money maker., in front of people who lost everything.

  7. Hello,

    I am an independently licensed therapist who specializes in trauma-focused therapy. I am willing to travel. Please let me know how I can be of assistance.

  8. I am an LCSWA in NC. Since I’m only provisional, would I still be able to help?

  9. Hello,

    I’m a Deaf social worker from Indiana with MSW. I would love to help out with the Deaf survivors. Please let me know to go for more information. Thank you!

    Sincerely,

    Jahan Farzam, MSW

  10. We urge everyone who has questions to contact the Red Cross at http://www.redcross.org or the NASW Texas Chaper (naswtex.naswtx@socialworkers.org). You can also contact the City of Houston directly. Here is their information:

    Ways to help Houston recover from Harvey
    Individuals. Call 211 (713-685-2300 if out of area). They are coordinating volunteers.
    Individuals. Go to the George R Brown Convention Center. There are people there who will guide them to the appropriate group.
    Groups or Individuals. Register at volunteerhouston.org (likely the most comprehensive and easiest to use).
    Corporations wanting to donate supplies or money (for example, XYZ Corp has truckloads of supplies they want to contribute):
    Please send an email to Norma.Meadows@houstontx.gov and Carlecia.Wright@houstontx.gov with the following information:
    – Name of organization
    – Name of person to call regarding the donation
    – Email of Point of Contact
    – Service provided
    Individuals wanting to donate. Harris County & COH JOINT Donations Hotline. 1-800-924-5985
    Medical volunteers. SETRAC website for medical volunteers to register for disaster volunteer ops: https://texasdisastervolunteerregistry.org/

    Thanks so much for your offers of help.

    Greg Wright, NASW Public Relations Manager

  11. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado, now residing in Miami and providing online therapy to CO residents. I am a fully trained trauma therapist, and am also a trained and experienced Critical Incident Debriefing therapist. I understand that Texas is relaxing its interstate requirements so that others can provide volunteer services via online therapy. Please advise who I should contact. The Red Cross site has not been functioning well since Harvey hit.

  12. Greg, can you give us more information on the restriction of help offers to those willing to work under the ARC? Having done disaster work in organizations operating parallel to ARC, I have a strong preference to remain an outsider, perhaps working through other groups. Can you share NASW’s rationale? Thank you.

    • Good morning Ms. McNitt:

      The NASW Texas Chapter has recommended the Red Cross but certainly social workers can work at any organization they wish to provide assistance. For more information this issue we suggest you contact the NASW Texas Chapter (www.naswtx.org).

      Greg Wright
      NASW Public Relations Manager
      gwright.nasw@socialworkers.org

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