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The February story on the White House Conference on Aging erroneously indicated that Cynthia Stuen, a delegate to the conference, chairs NASW's Specialty Practice Section on Aging. Stuen is the section's former chair. The current chair is Forrest Hong.


NASW Election Ballots Mailing

Ballots for the election of NASW board and nominations committee members are being mailed this month. All candidates' information will be enclosed and will be on NASW's Web site. Online voting will be an option.To vote online, please use the PIN number from your paper ballot.


Slate Change

The slate for the 2006 NASW election has been amended for the position of Region IX representative to the Board of Directors. The slate for that position is now as follows:

Region IX (2006-09)
Donna Richard-Langer, Iowa
Mark Smith, Iowa


Women's History Month and International Women's Day

NASW Celebrates Women's History Month and International Women's Day (March 8)


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ACSW Supervision Requirement Changed

NASW's Board of Directors voted in late January to change one of the criteria members must meet to qualify for Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) certification, allowing supervision by MSWs regardless of whether they hold other voluntary certifications. Previous criteria called for "two years of social work supervision by a social worker with at least an ACSW, QCSW [or] DCSW," referring to post-MSW credentials issued by NASW. The new supervision criterion reads, "Two years of [post-MSW] social work supervision by a social worker with at least an MSW." This will help meet the needs of rural social workers. For ACSW information: click here


Taxes and Membership Dues Deductibility

Members who qualify to deduct membership dues payments from income taxes should note the following:
For tax year 2005, 12.99 percent of the annual NASW dues payment is not deductible. The percentage is based on the amount of association lobbying activity in 2005.
For tax planning purposes, the nondeductible portion of the NASW dues payment to be made in tax year 2006 is 12.53 percent.


Nominees Sought for Recognition Awards

NASW and the NASW Foundation are accepting nominations through April 14, 2006, for the 2006 National Recognition Awards.

Awards include: NASW Social Worker of the Year, Public Citizen of the Year, Public Elected Official, Lifetime Achievement Award; Foundation International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award, Knee/Wittman Health and Mental Health Achievement Awards.


Foundation Offers Fellowship, Scholarship Awards

The NASW Foundation is accepting applications through March 17, 2006, for its 2006-2007 fellowships and scholarships: Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship; Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial MSW Scholarships; Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship.

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


HIPAA Security Rule Workbook Online

NASW is offering a "HIPAA Security Rule Online Compliance Workbook" to help social workers comply with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations. The workbook will help practitioners understand the security rule, conduct a step-by-step risk analysis for their practice, identify options for compliance and document their compliance process. For information: click here


Sanctions in Force Listed Online

NASW adjudicates certain allegations of violations of its Code of Ethics by members, and if violations are found, may impose sanctions. For the current list of sanctions of public notification imposed within the past 10 years that remain in force: Sanctions in Force

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From the Director
Preparing for the Aging Boom
By Elizabeth J. Clark, Ph.D., ACSW, MPH

Breaking the Mom/Daughter Prison Cycle
Social Workers Key to Lowering Incarcerations
A program guided by social workers becomes the subject of a PBS documentary.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Fund Aids More Than 500
Many grant recipients have written letters expressing gratitude.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Social Work Month Celebration Kicks Off
This year's Social Work Month theme is "Life's Journey."

Ads Appear in Diverse Venues
Several chapters are posting billboards in their states.

Rulings Are Favorable in Three Court Cases
The Oregon case focused on the expertise of mental health professionals.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Online Courses to Expand Programming
A grant extension will allow NASW and CancerCare to review and update their course.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

NIH Releases Program Announcement
Development Is Important Step in Agency's Social Work Research Plan Set in 2003
The announcement includes three grant opportunities for social workers.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

N.Y. State Court Rules on Forensic Expertise
The court called social workers "masters of this difficult art."
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Conference Eyes Innovations
NASW Among Sponsors of Hong Kong Gathering
This will be the first time the conference will be held in Asia.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Legal Brief Bank Launched
The resource will include summaries of the cases.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Pay for Performance Being Assessed
The best way to implement P4P remains unknown.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Member Web Site Adds Chat Room
Online chats will be the latest component in NASW's technology initiative.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Compensation for Bilingual Skills Urged
Respondents believed extra responsibilities increase caseloads and "burnout."
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Legislative Counsel Joins Staff
"NASW is poised to be a legislative and political leader on the national landscape."

Human Resources Manager Hired
Keyman will handle human resources duties for NASW's approximately 135 employees.

Medicare Contractors Being Rated
"These surveys offer a great opportunity for clinical social workers to provide feedback."

Articles Examine Disasters, Gay Parenting
Legal issue documents are available on NASW's Web site.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Document, Film Explore Childhood Cancer
The new NASW document will complement the film's message.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Social Work in the Public Eye


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