Tag Archives: mental health

New York State Chapter leads training initiative

By Paul R. Pace, News Staff An effort to improve the skills of social workers and other community mental health professionals in addressing the mental health concerns of returning war veterans and their families has grown into a wide-ranging initiative in New York State. Reinaldo Cardona, executive director of the NASW New York State Chapter, said he and his staff ... Read More »

Comment on the DSM-5 by June 15

The final open review and comment period for the proposed fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) closes on Friday, June 15, 2012.  This is the third time the DSM-5 draft criteria has been available for review.  We encourage our members who utilize the manual in their work to submit comments as this is an ... Read More »

Globally social workers have a critical role in combating HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination.

Stigma and discrimination are universally experienced by persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.   It has been determined that homophobia, stigma, and discrimination negatively affect the health and well-being of clients and communities, and can result in the added burden of stress and health disparities. Experienced on the personal or individual and community level, stigma is an obstacle to prevention, ... Read More »

Social work represented at Carter Symposium

Social workers participated in the 27th Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy, held in October 2011. The theme focused on building services for children who experience trauma through exposure to domestic violence and become involved with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.  Attention also was given to trauma-informed services, which were highlighted by the many components of the ... Read More »

Webinar: Addiction, Mental Health, and Health Care Integration and Prevention

Consumer, Recovery, and Family Webinars Addiction, Mental Health, and Health Care Integration and Prevention How the Affordable Care Act and state-based efforts can lead to comprehensive and coordinated health services for people with mental health and addiction disorders.  The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR), Faces & Voices of Recovery (Faces & Voices), and the National Alliance on Mental ... Read More »

Survey Finds Behavioral Health Professionals Earn Less than Fast Food Workers

NASW Data Show Behavioral Health Social Workers Earn $50,000 According to the 2011 Behavioral Health Salary Survey just released by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council), a licensed social worker with a master’s degree earns less than a manager of a fast food restaurant.   Naturally, this finding is alarming to social workers, and should be equally alarming ... Read More »

Understanding Research on Children’s Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will sponsor a video cast panel presentation on May 3, 2011 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM EST featuring leading NIMH children’s mental health researchers explaining current work in their field. The discussion will cover the state of science in children’s mental health including normal brain development, anxiety and bipolar disorders, and ADHD. Interested ... Read More »

NASW Supports School Mental Health Legislation

On February 17, 2011 Rep. Grace F. Napolitano and a panel of mental health advocates and experts, including LA Laker Ron Artest and champion boxer Mia St. John, will examine the Mental Health in Schools Act, a bill authored by Napolitano to allocate funding to mental health services in schools. One in five children and adolescents currently suffer from emotional ... Read More »

NASW Seeks Reconsideration of Decision to Deny Some Gulf Claims

Kenneth Feinberg, Administrator of the Independent Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF), which will adjudicate claims for individuals and businesses experiencing health and economic losses due to the Gulf Coast oil spill, stated last month at a House Judiciary Committee hearing that he would likely not compensate individuals for mental illnesses that result from the disaster. NASW has written Mr. Feinberg ... Read More »

News from the Hill – May 2010, Second Edition

Political Climate The primary season began in earnest on Tuesday, May 18 and we learned several important lessons that night.  For one, voter turnout was not particularly high, defying the expectations of many observers who believed voter anger would voice itself loudly at the first opportunity.  Second, the night clearly went better for Democrats than it did for Republicans.  The ... Read More »