August 2019

The SOS Program (Signs of Suicide)

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If you wait until after graduation to join you won’t be eligible for the Transition dues of 40%-75% off the regular member rate!  Join onlineor call 800-742-4089  For more information, contact us at

Welcome New Members!

Lakeisha Danner, Katy Martin, Sakda Nomichith

Returning Members

We appreciate your continued support of professional social work!

Sarah Duncan, Laura Woods, Ann McVaugh, Eva Ellis, Henry Rainer, Darryl Wheat, Charles Araujo, Michael Forster, Carol Ripley, Nadean Randle, Margaret Johnson, Christopher Marcell, Brandy Davis, Leslie Bateaste, Cora Jackson, Wanda Thomas, Veronica King, Kasey Autman, Lisa Williams, Emily Dixon

Are You Getting NASW and NASW-MS Email?

Chapter activities are emailed to active NASW members ahead of time. Our chapter database comes from our national office — if you are not getting national and/or chapter email, please visit NASW's member center and update your profile with your preferred email address!

In your member account, you will find a list of preferences where you select the email address you want us to use. Be certain to check Chapters so you will receive the chapter and your local branch email! 


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NASW New Emerging Social Work Leader Award & Other Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the NASW and NASW Foundation Recognition Awards.  Please note that a new award was established, The Emerging Social Work Leader Award.Deadline for submitting nominations is September 10, 2019.  Visit for more information. 


USM Social Work Graduate Student 

Earns NASW Scholarship

A University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park graduate student has been recognized by the NASW Foundation.  Visit the Schools of Social Work page to read the full article.


Social Workers in K-12 School Settings!

NASW's School Social Work Specialty Practice Section launched a "Back to School with Social Workers" campaign in conjunction with the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA).

The campaign, which will run through October, will raise awareness about the value of school social workers. It will also be used to encourage social workers and their supporters to contact policymakers and administrators and ask them to hire more school social workers.

The campaign includes advice from social work experts to parents of children of all ages; a social media toolkit and Facebook frame; draft letters, and merchandise.


Mississippi Social Workers! Stay Engaged During the August Recess!

The August congressional recess provides elected officials an opportunity to return to their districts and connect with constituents. This is a crucial time for social workers to engage with representatives and advocate for the profession. NASW is currently seeking support for the Improving Access to Mental Health Act (S. 782/H.R. 1533). It is a top legislative priority, and if possible, you should share information

on this bill with your elected officials. Below are a list of strategies and steps to help you make the most of the 2019 August recess.

1) Find your elected officials—do some research on your congressional representatives and senators including their policy positions and what measures they have supported in the past.

2) Request a personal meeting

· Congressional staff report that face-to-face lobby meetings have the biggest impact of any advocacy strategy on members of Congress. Most representatives have links for meeting request forms on their website. If they do not, call your representative’s district office to ask their preferred method of requesting a meeting.

Hi, my name is _________________, and I am a constituent of Rep./Sen. _________________ from _________________. I am also a social worker, and member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the largest professional social work organization in the country with more than 120,000 members nationwide. I know that Rep./Sen. _________________ values input from constituents on the issues that matter to us. With that in mind, I would like to schedule meeting with Rep./Sen.____ while he/she is still home this month. Would that be possible, and if so, what is the preferred method of requesting a meeting?

· During your meeting remember to

--Tell your personal social work story: Members want to hear from constituents about how Congress is impacting their lives.

--Share key points about the issue: When you meet with your member, share 3-5 top points about the issue.-- Be state- or district-specific: Members want to know how the state or district they represent will specifically be affected by issues.

--Conclude with a clear “ask” to support the Improving Access to Mental Health Act (S. 782/H.R. 1533)

--Send a follow up email thanking your representative for the meeting and summarizing the topics you discussed, your questions, and your ask.

Dear :

Thank you for meeting with me on [date]. I appreciated the opportunity to talk about the social work profession, our incredible membership in Mississippi, and NASW’s Improving Access to Mental Health Act (S. 782/H.R. 1533).

Please know that we would welcome the opportunity to stay in touch to be a resource to you and the [Congressperson/Senator] on mental health and other social work-related issues impacting our community and state.

I look forward to hearing from you in the near future and especially with respect to whether the [Senator/Congressperson] will cosponsor S. 782/H.R. 1533.


3) Attend Town Halls and Candidate Appearances

· Many candidates hold town hall meetings, forums, debates and other scheduled public appearances during the August recess. These public events create an opportunity to ask questions and highlight the importance of issues facing social workers and our clients. Check each representative’s website for information on town halls and public events.

-- Remember to arrive at the event early.

--Ask questions in a polite and direct manner.

--After the meeting, introduce yourself to your member of congress, and their staff and provide a business card.

4) Correspondence

· If you are unable to meet your representatives or attend an event, try and communicate with them about NASW’s legislative initiatives through a personal letter. You can access an editable email on our website that you can personalize to send to your legislator at


We invite you to take part in the campaign and share the resources with your constituents demands President Trump Immediately Stop Racist Tweets 

NASW demands President Trump immediately stop racist tweets and instead unite nation to address racism, violence and poverty

Jul 29, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is angered by President Trump’s recent racist tweets aimed at Baltimore and several women of color in Congress. We demand Trump stop making such comments immediately.

Instead, Trump should behave in a way fitting of the dignity and gravity of the highest office in the land and unite our nation to end the racism, poverty and violence that plague not only parts of our country’s great cities but areas in rural and suburban America.  

Trump’s most recent tweets are just the latest in his long string of racist attacks. For instance, he has called Haiti and African nations “shithole” countries. He has characterized Atlanta – a city with a majority black population – as “crime infested.” And he has said immigrants who come from Latin America will “infest” our nation.  

Such comments may energize a small part of Trump’s base. But the President’s tweets are deplorable and are causing long-lasting damage to the psyche of our nation.  

NASW and the nation’s social workers have long been committed to ending racism in this nation and the societal ills that result from racism – including housing discrimination, poverty and health care and mental health care disparities.

So we demand Trump stop tweeting for a while and do the real, presidential work of addressing these societal problems. Action speaks louder than tweets.


Attention NASW members—National Office Updates!

National Bylaws Amendments

The proposed bylaw amendment to Article XIV – Budget and Finance, was approved at the June 2019 NASW National Board meeting. The NASW Bylaws have been updated and posted on at

The amendment which includes language that clarifies the Board’s fiduciary responsibility takes effect July 1, 2019.

Additionally, please be reminded that proposed amendments to the NASW Bylaws for consideration by the NASW Board must be submitted by September 1. Amendments may be submitted by individual members in good standing, NASW chapter executive directors, chapter boards, NASW Board, committees and task forces.

Proposed amendments related to Delegate Assembly and the NASW national/chapter dues allocation must follow the Delegate Assembly process and timeline. All other bylaws amendments are within the authority of the NASW Board of Directors.

Amendments to be considered by the NASW Board, may be submitted electronically at:

For questions, please write to


Former NASW, MS Chapter President Elected to the NASW National Board

Virginia Adolph, DSW, LCSW and former NASW, MS Chapter President has been elected to the NASW National Board as the NCNLI Region X Representative.  This is a country wide position and we are proud to have Dr. Adolph represent Mississippi as well as all of Region X.  Congratulations Dr. Adolph.

NASW Releases Statement on ICE Raids

NASW has released a statement on the Trump Administration raids of migrant families. The statement, which was sent to more than 500 reporters around the nation, contains advice on what social workers can do to help:


NASW previously released a short video that outlines what the NASW Texas Chapter is doing and advice from Executive Director Miriam Nisenbaum on how social workers can aid children who are migrants and have been detained:


Lastly, here is an NASW Social Work Blog post that contains resources for social workers to get involved:


Sad News for NASW MS Chapter

Okolona - Karen Selestak passed away at Baptist Medical Center, Monday, June 24, 2019. A proud Aries, Karen was born on April 6, 1954, in Okolona, MS, to Mary Katherine "Kassie" Reid and Stephen "Smokey" Selestak. She attended Okolona High School.While "Krun" lived life to the fullest, her true passion was her social work. She held a BS degree from MS State University and a MS in Social Work from University of Southern MS, where she began her career with the Dept of Human Services. She was employed at the MS State Hospital from 1980-1998 in the roles of Continued Treatment Social Worker, Clinical Program Director, and Director of Jacquith Nursing Home. Karen was a Licensed Certified Social Worker.

She was active in National Association of Social Work - MS Chapter - from 1992 to 2019 serving in many capacities including President. From 2006-2019 she served in the roles of Continuing Education Coordinator and Annual Conference Coordinator. She received the 1998 Social Worker of the Year and was honored with the 1st Annual Karen Selestak Excellence in Chapter Service award in 2019. 

A Memorial for Karen will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at her home at 149 Lakeland Dr, Florence MS 39073 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with services starting around noon. Memorials to the MS Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association would be appreciated. 207 W Jackson St. #1, Ridgeland, MS 39157 (769)230-0611

For Karen's full obituary click here.

National President, Dr. Kathryn Wehrmann Visits Mississippi

Meridian Branch Rep, Anderea Germany with Dr. Wehrmann

MSU-Meridian Social Work Students

Social Justice Brief

Tools for Social Workers to Prevent Gun Violence

NSAW is partnering with the Brady Campaign-Center on gun-violence related issues. NASW has released a social justice brief on gun safety, which is co-branded with the Brady Campaign-Center. Rebecca Gonzales from the NASW California Chapter contributed.

An Hour with Private Practice 2019 Schedule

An Hour with Private Practice is a free, question and answer call-in session for NASW members who have specific questions or concerns about an issue in private practice. The program is held every third Wednesday of the month from noon to 1 pm ET. No pre-registration is required and members can join in the discussion, ask questions, and make comments. These sessions provide members with important clinical social work updates impacting the delivery of mental health services in a private solo or group practice. Please visit this link for more information and the 2019 schedule of programs.

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myPlan: Dating Violence Prevention App

myPlan is an online tool designed to help students who may be experiencing dating violence evaluate their safety, make decisions, and connect to campus and community services. It’s also for friends who want to support someone they are concerned may be in an abusive relationship.

Backed by research from multiple NIH funded trials, myPlan can support student safety, is private, personalized for each situation, and completely free. It can be accessed online or through the smartphone app. Learn more at

Reimbursement for social workers through Medicare reduced?

NASW has been notified by some members that they are receiving letters regarding  reimbursement reductions recently implemented by Humana, Tricare East.  If you have a copy of the email/letter that Humana sent announcing the reduction, please forward a copy to the NASW, MS Chapter office at

Medicaid Work Requirements

On the current tax reform plan:

On Implementing Medicaid work requirements:

From the AHCA debate but still relevant on Medicaid work requirements:


January – December 2019 Schedule

An Hour With Private Practice: Questions & Answers (HOPP) is a free question and answer session for NASW members.  Click here to access.  Unless noted otherwise on the schedule, the monthly call-in sessions focus on a specific private practice subject and are led by Mirean Coleman, LICSW, Clinical Manager at NASW. 

No pre-registration is required and members can join in the discussion, ask questions, and make comments. These sessions provide members with important clinical social work updates impacting the delivery of mental health services in a private solo or group practice.

HOPP is held every third Wednesday of the month from noon to 1:00 pm ET. No session is held in December due to the holidays. Beginning February 2019, an audio recording is available online a week after the HOPP session.