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 February 2020 

National Children of Alcoholics Week

 Nat'l. Assoc. of Children of Alcoholics

 School Counseling Week (American School Counselors Association) http://www.schoolcounselor.org/content.asp?contentid=271  

Black History Month    

https://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/

National Parents Leadership Month (Parents Anonymous) http://www.parentsanonymous.org/pahtml/NPLMonth.html


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NASW MS Chapter 2020 Conference

March 26-27, 2020

12 CE includes special presentation by Dr. Frederic Reamer

Jackson Hilton-Special hotel rate $112 + tax/fees call 601.957.2800


 

 

Welcome New Members!


HeatherHolly Clark, Tamika Cooper, Joy Everett, Melanie Gardner, Lisa Graham Richardson, Anna Hill, Tamara Hurst, Annie Jones, Ja'Kel Lloyd, Brittany Murphy, 

Returning Members


We appreciate your continued support of professional social work!

Angie M Williams, Laurie Lawson, Jamie Brooke, Kathy Wooten, Amy Fisher, Lynda Herbertson, Charles Long, DeVonne Conner, Lyn Cordes, Melissa Hirsc

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❗️ new practice alerts ❗️

New NASW Practice Alert summarizes final rule on arbitration agreements in long-term care facilities. http://bit.ly/NASW-LTCarbitration19
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Use this new NASW Practice Alert to help your clients with Medicare open enrollment. http://bit.ly/NASW-MedicareOEP19 #MedicareOE


Two New NASW Practice Alerts 

  • Attention Clinical Social Workers: Avoid Medicare Claim Rejections in 2002  Click Here  
  • 2020 Updates on Medicare and Other Matters for Clinical Social Workers in Private Practice,  Click Here

 

Report Child Abuse/Neglect in Mississippi

 Report Child Abuse/Neglect in Mississippi

To report a case, please use the MDCPS Report Child Abuse online system or by downloading the MDCPS Report Child Abuse mobile app through one of the following links:

 


Proposed Bylaws Changes

The NASW Board of Directors approved for posting for a ninety-day member comment period, the following proposals to amend the NASW Bylaws:

  1. Article VI.B. Board of Directors – Composition and Article VIII. Nominations, Elections and Removal from Office;
  2. Article IX.B. Committees and Task Forces;
  3. Article XI.C. Meetings of Members of the Corporation – Notice of Meetings.

To review these proposed amendments and submit your comments, please use the link below. Comments will be accepted until January 9, 2020.

Click Here to Comment


Mississippi Aims to Lead Diabetes Prevention 

Focus on Mississippi to Prevent Diabetes 


HATTIESBURG, Miss., December 6, 2019 — Mississippi is poised to become the first state that achieves a stakeholder engagement model dedicated to the delivery of diabetes prevention programs statewide in 2020. Mississippi ranks second highest in the nation for the prevalence of type 2 diabetes and obesity. It is the only state in the nation with every county in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Diabetes Belt.”

The CDC launched the National Diabetes Prevention Program, or National DPP, lifestyle change program in 2010. In April of 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched the Medicare MDPP lifestyle change program. Both lifestyle change programs are intended to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. As explained by Madison Moore, director of the Diabetes Coalition of Mississippi, “the state needs community access for prediabetes populations to participate in the National DPP and Medicare MDPP lifestyle change programs. Healthcare payers are willing to support these programs financially through reimbursement if available to their eligibles, beneficiaries and employees."  

Thanks to the Diabetes Coalition of Mississippi, a comprehensive effort to rally diabetes prevention stakeholders is underway to confront the state’s diabetes epidemic. The MSDPP Stakeholders Engagement Model is a landmark approach. This model will demonstrate how an umbrella organization of aligned diabetes prevention stakeholders in a state can share the use of an engagement platform to launch and manage a delivery ecosystem for the National DPP and Medicare MDPP lifestyle change programs. The public-facing MSDPP initiative, Focus on Mississippi to Prevent Diabetes, is the communications strategy helping to align diabetes prevention stakeholder interests and catalyze stakeholder actions for a scalable and sustainable delivery ecosystem. A statewide plan for community sites that deliver the National DPP and Medicare MDPP in 2020 will be available on the MSDPP.org website.

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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.

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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:

 

https://bit.ly/2JA9fVF

 

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:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dSpJJTmMO8&t=3sT&fbclid=IwAR1Fj8i_X6_WekoMQGE_RBk6kEsV1ssNpDJu_njyEv5TCjO-6M4hirC9hS4

 

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

 

http://www.socialworkblog.org/advocacy/2018/06/how-to-volunteer-to-help-immigrant-children-separated-from-family/

 

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. 

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 http://myPlanApp.org

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 info.naswms@socialworkers.org

Medicaid Work Requirements


On the current tax reform plan: http://familiesusa.org/blog/2017/11/republican-tax-plan-opens-door-trillions-health-care-cuts

On Implementing Medicaid work requirements: http://familiesusa.org/blog/2017/10/six-reasons-work-requirements-are-bad-idea-Medicaid

From the AHCA debate but still relevant on Medicaid work requirements: https://www.kff.org/medicaid/issue-brief/medicaid-and-work-requirements/

AN HOUR WITH PRIVATE PRACTICE:  Q & A...for Members Only

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.