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Members who qualify to deduct membership dues payments from income taxes should note the following:

For tax year 2003, 10.68 percent of the annual NASW dues payment is not deductible. The percentage is based on the amount of association lobbying activity in 2003.

For tax planning purposes, the nondeductible portion of the NASW dues payment to be made in tax year 2004 is 11.74 percent


Presidential Preferences

NASW's Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) has posted profiles of the Democratic Party candidates for president on NASW's Web site. No profile of President George W. Bush is posted, because he is unopposed for the Republican Party nomination. PACE encourages members to let their chapters know their preference for president by Feb. 25, 2004.


Foundation Awards

The NASW Foundation is accepting applications through March 15, 2004, for its 2004-2005 fellowships, scholarships and research awards.

The Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship provides partial support to social work doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research in health care policy and practice. One $2,000 fellowship will be awarded.

The Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial MSW Scholarships are awarded to master's degree candidates in social work interested in working with, or who have a special affinity with, American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino populations or in public and voluntary nonprofit agency settings. Up to 10 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 will be awarded.

The Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship is awarded to a master's degree candidate in social work who demonstrates an interest in or has experience with health/mental health practice and has a commitment to working in the African American community. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded.

The Ruth Fizdale Award is given to an NASW chapter engaged in a research project that links practice and policy issues with relevant social issues. One $1,500 grant will be awarded.

For details: NASW Foundation Web site; e-mail NASW Foundation; (202) 408-8600, ext. 504

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From the Director
Standards: Profession's Guideposts

By Elizabeth J. Clark, Ph.D., ACSW, MPH

Corrections: Public Safety, Public Health
NASW, Corrections Group Share Social Concerns
"I always saw the link between social work and corrections," says ACA's president.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Journals Are Now Online

Firm Named to Plan Public Image Drive
The public part of the campaign will be launched in March 2005.
By John V. O'Neill, MSW, News Staff

Loan Program Open to Members
Interest rates will start at or below the prime rate.

Medicare Changes Said to Undermine Program
The legislation's demonstration programs are "a first step toward privatization," NASW says.

Social Work Month Material Offered
Media "talking points" based on NASW's policy statements are available.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Choice March Backed
The event aims to demonstrate overwhelming support for a woman's right to choose.

Gay Marriage Rights Upheld
Absent a state constitutional amendment, the court's decision must be implemented.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

HIPAA Gets Technical
Eight types of electronic transactions are affected by the federal regulations.

Educator, Researcher Gisela Konopka Dies
She spent time in a concentration camp and lost many relatives in the Holocaust.

Pacts With Groups Foster Collaboration
Among groups signing memoranda are several from the 2002 Social Work Summit.
By John V. O'Neill, MSW, News Staff

Policy, Practice Connect at Student Forum on Hill
Congressional visits followed panels on social work practitioners affecting public policy.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

New Diagnosis Framework
NASW Involved in Setting Codes for Functioning
Social workers may one day use these codes in addition to ICD codes.
By John V. O'Neill, MSW, News Staff

Premium Refunds Sent, Guam Coverage Offered
Partial refunds have gone to more than 16,000 participants in the NASW Insurance Trust.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

SAMHSA Surveys Substance Dependence
22 Million Americans Counted
The survey shows 94 percent of addicted people think they are "all right."

V.A. Revives Centralized Units
Closing centralized social work departments proved unworkable for some medical facilities.
By John V. O'Neill, MSW, News Staff

HIPAA, Sex-Offender Laws Among Legal-Issue Topics
Articles provide important and succinct information on often-complex legal concerns.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Social Work in the Public Eye

Section Leaders Strategize

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Managing Editor:
M. Scott Moss

John V. O'Neill, MSW, naswnews@naswdc.org

Lyn Stoesen

Lyn Fredrickson Carter
naswads@naswdc.org, fax: (202)336-8312

Jim Snyder
(703) 764-5949

NASW President:
Gary Bailey, MSW

Executive Director
Elizabeth J. Clark, Ph.D., ACSW

Director, Publications Division:
Cheryl Bradley

Publications Manager
and Editor-in-Chief:
Paula Delo

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