Practice and Professional Development

NASW Comments on ACOs: Professional Social Workers Essential to Patient-Centered, Coordinated Health Care

The 2010 Affordable Care Act created a new category of health care provider – the accountable care organization (ACO).  ACOs represent a paradigm shift from traditional fee-for-service health care.  These organizations will receive financial incentives to improve the coordination and quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries, while reducing costs.  The emergence of ACOs reflects the health care industry’s shift toward ... Read More »

Social Workers Support Children and Youth in Foster Care

May is National Foster Care Month, a time to raise awareness on the plight of children and youth in the foster care system. There are approximately 424,000 in foster care because their own families are in crisis and are unable to provide for their essential well-being. Nearly 30,000 young people age out of the foster care system each year. Social workers play critical roles in the lives of all of these vulnerable children and families. The National Association of Social Workers, with Casey Family Programs and other partner organizations, underscore the important work of social workers and the increasing need for a safe, stable and nurturing environment for children during National Foster Care Month. Read More »

International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia Observed

In observation of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (May 17, 2011), US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a public statement, and a Capitol Hill briefing sponsored by the Global Forum on MSM and HIV (MSMGF) was held in collaboration with Co-Chairs of the congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee. The National Association of Social Workers ... Read More »

How Do Social Workers Cope with Sadness?

This month, NASW Executive Director, Betsy Clark, focused her NASW News column on “The Challenge of Sadness in Social Work.” Dr. Clark discusses the turmoil, tragedy, and unrest in the world including wars, earthquakes, and tsunamis. She notes that every significant world event is accompanied by indelible images, some of which are horrific and forever etched in our memories such ... Read More »

Questions about Caseload? Your Input Can Help Create a Caseload Calculator

Survey Open to Case Managers until May 15, 2011 NASW invites social work case managers working in hospitals and health plans to participate in a survey that will inform the development of caseload calculator software. This software builds on the Caseload Concept Paper and Matrix, published by NASW and the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) in 2008. The software ... Read More »

State Toolkit – New Health Care Law Provisions for Young Adults

Getting Covered is a campaign to inform young adults and their families about the provision in the new health care law that allows young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans until age 26. This provision is important. It has the potential to cover over 2 million of our nation’s 18.9 million uninsured young adults. And it will ... Read More »

Spectrum Project ‘Training the Trainers’

In April 2011, the NASW HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project held a Training of Trainers (TOT) for fifteen social workers from around the United States.   TOT graduates are ready to present workshops in their own communities addressing two areas: 1)      medication adherence, with HIV/AIDS as a case study; and 2)      clients with HIV and mental health diagnoses and/or substance abuse. The goal ... Read More »

Human Rights & International Affairs Participates in UN-Hosted Hearing

On April 8, 2011, the United Nations was host to an informal interactive civil society hearing, bringing together over 400 civil society advocates with UN Member States, to address progress toward reaching universal access to HIV treatment, prevention, care, and support.   Members of the Civil Society Meeting (CSM) called for a renewed and urgent commitment from Member States to reach ... Read More »

South Africa Conference Report Available

In November 2010, staff members from the NASW’s Human Rights and International Affairs department participated in the “Social Welfare Workforce Strengthening Conference: Investing in those who care for children” Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference is part of a long-term effort by the US government and other donors to draw increased attention and mobilize additional assistance for social ... Read More »