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Apply for MassHealth Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Loan Repayment and Workforce Development Programs

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We are excited to announce that applications for MassHealth Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP)’s Loan Repayment Program and Workforce Development Program are now open! Both of these opportunities are specific to behavioral health providers. If you are a LCSW or LICSW and have student loan debt, I encourage you to apply. Applications for both programs are due April 6, ... Read More »

Free Question and Answer Discussions about the recent revisions to the NASW Code of Ethics

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The revised NASW Code of Ethics went into effect January 1, 2018. These revisions reflect the most substantive changes to the Code since 1996. The 2017 revisions to the Code focus largely on the use of technology and the implications of technology for ethical practice. Nineteen sections of the Code were affected. Make sure you know how these significant changes ... Read More »

November is National Adoption Month! Here are resources for social workers

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November is National Adoption Month. This month we celebrate the families who have already been joined through adoption and call attention to the children and youth who are still waiting for a permanent family. This year’s National Adoption Month is focusing on older youth in care, specifically 15–18 year olds in foster care. This year’s theme highlights the importance of ... Read More »

Striving for Integrative Pain Care: Pain Awareness Month 2017

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Posted October 17, 2017  As a member of the consortium Partners for Understanding Pain, NASW observed Pain Awareness Month in September. Although the observance has ended, NASW encourages social workers to educate their colleagues and clients about resources to prevent and address pain—and to advocate for comprehensive, integrative pain care—throughout the year. Many people associate pain with advanced illness and ... Read More »

The Affordable Care Act open enrollment period is shortened. Please share this important enrollment information

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The open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace is significantly shorter this year — from November 1 to December 15, 2017. The Trump administration has also cut funding for advertising and enrollment assistance. Social workers should share enrollment information with clients, families, friends and communities to bring awareness to the narrow enrollment window.  Each of us can do our ... Read More »

Join Veterans Affairs #BeThere Campaign during Suicide Prevention Month in September

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. The Department of Veterans Affairs, one of the largest employers of social workers, this month is running a #BeThere suicide prevention campaign for veterans and service members. The campaign offers tips we can all do to prevent people from dying by suicide. Here are other Suicide Prevention Month resources social workers that may interest ... Read More »

NASW Updates on Hurricane Harvey and Irma

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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 ... Read More »

NASW seeking experts to serve on policy review panels

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More than 100 social workers participated on expert panels to revise and/or develop 25 NASW policy statements over the last two years. These statements were recently voted on and approved by the National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW) key policymaking body, the Delegate Assembly (comprised of 277 professional social workers who represent NASW’s diverse membership).  Policy topics ranged from human trafficking, ... Read More »

Take part in FASD Awareness Month in September

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     Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Month is in September.      Alcohol use during pregnancy is a leading preventable cause of birth defects and intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities. FASD—the general term that encompasses the range of life-long adverse cognitive, behavioral and physical effects associated with prenatal alcohol exposure—affects up to one in 20 children in the United States, and ... Read More »