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2008 NASW Election Slate


As this News went to press, NASW's National Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification was meeting to develop the slate of candidates for the association's 2008 election. The slate will be posted in January at Governance and will be published in the February News. Only persons whose names were submitted to the nominations committee by the Oct. 31, 2007, deadline but were not included in the slate may be included by petition on the final ballot. Petitions are due at the NASW national office by Feb. 8, 2008.

 

Medicare Bonus Deadline Nearing


Clinical social workers have until Feb. 28, 2008, to file their claims for a 1.5 percent bonus payment of their total allowed Medicare-covered services rendered from July 1 through Dec. 31, 2007. Claims may be filed with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services electronically or on paper on the CMS-1500 Form. The bonus was created under CMS's 2007 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative, which offers a financial incentive for clinical social workers and other health care professionals to participate in an optional quality-reporting program. For details, see the NASW Clinical Social Work Practice Update "2007 Medicare Bonus Incentive Program for Clinical Social Workers".

 

Nominees Sought for Recognition Awards


NASW and the NASW Foundation are accepting nominations through April 18, 2008, for the 2008 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 Scholarship, Research Awards


The NASW Foundation is accepting applications through March 14, 2008, for its 2008-2009 fellowships, scholarships and research awards: Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship; Eileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship; Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial MSW Scholarships; Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship; Ruth Fizdale Award. For details: NASW Foundation; e-mail; (202) 408-8600, ext. 504

 

Taxes and Membership Dues Deductibility


Members who qualify to deduct membership dues payments from income taxes should note the following: For tax year 2007, 9.54 percent of the annual NASW dues payment is not deductible. The percentage is based on the amount of association lobbying activity in 2007. For tax planning purposes, the nondeductible portion of the NASW dues payment to be made in tax year 2008 is 12.06 percent.

 

Loan-Forgiveness Law Update


Members who want to learn the latest information about the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007 [November News] and whether they qualify for possible student loan forgiveness should view the latest U.S. Department of Education contact information.

 

JobLink Upgrades Continue


NASW continues to improve its JobLink service for job seekers and employers. NASW credentials and certifications are now appended to the records of job seekers who are NASW members and are updated every time the members log on to JobLink. And employers can now search for specific NASW credentials and certifications when searching the extensive resume database of job seekers. Also, JobLink has added a 30-Day Resume Access Package for employers.

 

Veterans Hotline


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced a national suicide prevention hotline for veterans (800) 273-TALK (8255). The toll-free hotline number will be staffed by mental health professionals who will take calls from across the country and work with local providers to help veterans. The VA is operating the hotline in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

 

Sanctions in Force


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

 

This Month In Social Work


Family Intervention, Suicidal Ideation, Practice With Muslims, Kin Networks, Volunteering, Race and Diagnoses

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From the Director
A Vision of Social Work for Today
By Elizabeth J. Clark, Ph.D., ACSW, MPH

Evidence-Based Practice Moves Ahead
Easier Access to Data Boosts Classroom Interest
EBP plays a key role in social work mental health care education, training and treatment.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

National Professional Social Work Month Is Coming
March 2008

Cancer Report Promotes a Psychosocial Approach
The Institute of Medicine report offers concrete recommendations on care.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Attack on Ethics Code Rebutted by Members
"Social workers do not apologize for holding members of our profession to high standards."

Patient Navigation Materials Discussed by National Leaders
The toolkit was released in October.

PACE Gears Up for 2008 Elections
PACE endorses and contributes to candidates of any party who support NASW's policy agenda.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Advocacy Technology Upgraded
The new system features a "Find your officials" section.

Alcohol Abuse's Family Impact Examined
SPS members have the opportunity to earn continuing education units free of charge.

Child Welfare Tech
Integrating Technology, Services
The conference was geared toward envisioning the future.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Legal Case Confronts Age Bias
A Sprint employee sued for age-related discrimination after she was laid off.

Courts Rule on Cases
A psychiatrist's refusal to release his patients' health records figured in one case.

NASW at Black, Hispanic Caucuses
NASW had an information booth set up at each conference in order to show support.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Lopez Advises HHS on Cultural Competence
The committee will work to develop a curriculum for responders.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Men's Health Disparities Examined
NACWC Forum
The organization is more than 100 years old.

Reinvestment Promoted to Educators
NASW speakers presented the Social Work Reinvestment Initiative during the CSWE conference.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Use of Native American Mascots Condemned
An article on the subject was published in a "Section Connection" newsletter.

Government Web Site Aids Veterans
The Web site offers information for veterans as well as their families.

The Board Takes Action
Sep. 2007

Report Urges Foster Care Support
Most states do not provide the recommended reimbursements.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

NASW Pioneers Explore Global Social Work
The event included a panel presentation on meeting human needs.

Chinese Visitors

Social Work in the Public Eye

 
 

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