SAVE THE DATE & JOIN US FOR
2014 POWER OF SOCIAL WORK CONFERENCE
Celebrating the Strength, Unity, and Identity of the Social Work Profession
March 21, 2014 ~ Albany, NY
This annual conference is dedicated to providing current, relevant and evidence based practice updates as well as information on key federal/ state policies impacting social work practice in New York State. Subject matter experts, researchers and educators will present on a spectrum of topics relevant to our diverse profession.
Come, Learn, Connect
Online Registration Available Mid-December
Expansion of Social Work Loan Forgiveness 2014 Legislative Priority for NASW New York State
NASW-NYS is launching an initiative to expand New York State’s Social Work Loan Forgiveness Program. The current program (secured by NASW-NYS), is available to social workers employed in 28 counties across New York State for social workers employed in the critical human services areas of health, mental health, substance abuse, aging, HIV/AIDS and child welfare are eligible to apply. For complete details regarding the current loan forgiveness program, click here.
Expanding New York’s current Social Work Loan Forgiveness Program will be a top legislative priority for us in 2014. Components of our request to Legislators and the Governor’s Office are as follows:
A $500,000 annual increase to the current social work loan forgiveness program for the next three years
Expansion of the eligibility requirements to include:
Social workers practicing in all of New York’s 62 counties
The expansion of categories of service delivery areas to include Home Care
Stay tuned for additional details about how you can help advance this critically important initiative!
Governor Cuomo Signs Social Work Continuing Education Bill!
On October 24, 2013 Governor Cuomo signed legislation requiring licensed social workers to complete 36 hours of continuing education credits per triennial registration period effective January 1, 2015; a move that aligns NY with every other state in the nation.
NASW is excited to offer a minimum of 12 CE credits annually for FREE as a member benefit. In addition, the chapter will continue to expand its already robust array of low cost webinars, workshops, and conferences. The NYS Chapter of NASW is committed to supporting the professional development needs of social work practitioners in New York State.
Stay tuned for details.
You are the POWER OF SOCIAL WORK!
NASW is the POWER BEHIND the SOCIAL WORKER!
Getting Our Clients Ready for the Health Insurance Marketplace:
How We Can Help
NASW is committed to facilitate the efforts to let our clients know that they may be eligible for the new Health Care Law, and how they can take advantage of the new mental health or substance abuse coverage, and receive more affordable health coverage. For that reason, NASW partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and other national organizations like ours to develop a 30-minute narrated training toolkit called Getting Ready for the Health Insurance Marketplace.
NYS Health Insurance Exchange Opened October 1st
Click Here for NY State of Health Stakeholder Resources
Policy Update: 2013 Legislative Session In Review
Your Membership Dollars….In Action
2013 Legislative Successes
Blocked implementation of PERMANENT Exemption from licensure for State Agencies.
Secured passage of Continuing Education Requirements
Prevented YET ANOTHER attempt to repeal the corporate practice waiver that enables certain non-profits to employ licensed mental health professionals.
Click here to read more details.
Click here for Information about the Leadership Opportunities in your Professional Organization.
On Racism and Civil Rights
Message from the NYS Chapter of NASW’s President, Debra Fromm Faria and Executive Director, Reinaldo Cardona:
As a profession we must speak for justice and speak out against racism in all its forms. The tragic death of Trayvon Martin is a painful reminder to us of how entrenched institutional racism is the lived reality of many in this country. As social workers we have an ethical responsibility to challenge racism in all its forms. NASW offers a number of resources to understand and act against the insidious nature of racism. Links to the NASW-DC Metro Statement Attacks on Individual and Civil Rights and NYC Chapter’s statement on the trial verdict along with other with resources are available at: www.socialworkers.org/pressroom/default.asp
Your Feedback is Requested: Let us know about your experiences with regard to the NYS SAFE Act.
Please take a few minutes to respond to our brief five (5) Question Survey
As we have previously reported, effective March 16, 2013 Licensed Clinical Social Workers are among the four mental health professionals specifically designated in NY’s SAFE Act as being required to report to local mental health officials when there is reason to believe a patient is likely to engage in conduct that will cause serious harm to themselves for the purpose of crosschecking the individual’s name against the new comprehensive gun registration database. If the individual possesses a gun, the license will be suspended and law enforcement will be authorized to remove the person's firearm (or the individual may be prevented from obtaining one in the future).
There has (rightfully so) been a considerable amount of confusion among providers related to the who, where, and what specifics of reporting and as such ask that you complete a brief survey. Results will be used to assist us with our ongoing efforts to make amendments to the reporting requirements and engage the press on implementation issues faced by providers.
We appreciate your taking the time to inform us on your experiences.
Click here to begin the survey