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NASW Health Care Reform Roundup – August 5, 2009

Legislation The Energy and Commerce Committee reached a deal on America’s Affordable Health Choice Act of 2009, H.R. 3200. The Ways and Means Committee and Education and Labor Committee had already reported the bill out of committee. On the Senate side, the Senate Finance Committee has six members meeting to reconcile differences. Legislative Climate With the House in recess and ... Read More »

Honesty is Best: Who Gets the Kids in Child Custody Cases

Ken Lewis, author of Child Custody Evaluations: Understanding the Five Stages of Custody (NASW Press) is quoted in a recent article on the Michael Jackson Custody Case on www.lifescript.com. From: Michael Jackson Custody Case: Who Gets the Kids? By Fran Golden, Special to Lifescript |July 15, 2009 Honesty Is Best Social workers are often appointed by family court judges to ... Read More »

FTC Deadline Postponed: Red Flags Identity Theft Rule

The FTC has announced that enforcement of the new Red Flags Identity Theft Rule, scheduled to become effective August 1, 2009, has been delayed until November 1, 2009 to give the agency additional time to develop guidance for small businesses.  Health care practitioners are subject to the new requirements.  For more information see http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2009/07/redflag.shtm and https://www.socialworkers.org/ldf/legal_issue/2009/200906.asp Read More »

Social Workers in the News: Social Worker Trains for Secret Service

The Washington Post’s recent article, “The Making of an Agent” featured social worker Krista Bradford as she trains as a secret service recruit. “Krista had just assessed a 4-year-old autistic girl. She told the girl’s mother to buy crayons and blocks, she later recalled. As a social worker, Krista was tired of rappelling into lives after they’d crumbled. She wanted ... Read More »

New Fact Sheet: Social Workers Speak on Veterans Issues

The United States has been at war for more than eight years, with Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan beginning in 2001 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. During this time, more than 1.5 million troops have been deployed to serve in these wars. Social workers continue to play an important role in the lives of veterans both during and after ... Read More »

Social Workers in the News: Arizona State Legislature Representative and Social Worker Kyrsten Sinema

Video of Arizona State Legislature Representative and Social Worker Kyrsten Sinema talking about her new book with local media. Kyrsten Sinema serves as the Assistant Leader to the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives and represents central Phoenix in the Arizona Legislature. Now in her third term, she is the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee and the ... Read More »

NASW Press Releases Child Custody Evaluations by Social Workers: Understanding the Five Stages of Custody

Press Release July 7, 2009 Washington DC – The NASW Press has released Child Custody Evaluations by Social Workers: Understanding the Five Stages of Custody, a first-of-its-kind book offering advice to professional social workers on how to conduct custody evaluations. Ken Lewis, PhD, wrote this guide defining the parameters of the five stages of child custody for social workers and ... Read More »

Social Workers in the News: Article on Michelle Obama and DC’s Poor

From Social Justice and the First Lady – Newsweek by Eleanor Clift – July 3, 2009 “They are the legacy of a failed social policy that began in the 1980’s with the de-institutionalization of people with mental illness on the assumption that communities with the help of pharmaceuticals would absorb their care. “And that didn’t happen,” says Schroeder Stribling, a ... Read More »