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April 2011 • Volume 37, Number 7

Helping Japan


he enormous quake and tsunami disaster in Japan, coupled with the nuclear power danger, has left many feeling the need to help, but not knowing how. As with most disasters, there are several levels of help that social workers and others can provide. However, there are always other factors that determine what help can be provided. Many social workers want to provide direct service help (even fly to the country if it is overseas), but language, culture and accommodations/support are always a deciding factor. American social workers Continued on page 16


Direct Services

NASW Social Work Disaster Assistance Fund: Helping Social Workers in Japan

Urgent BBS Update

Please help social workers respond quickly to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.



n the aftermath of the deadly earthquake in Japan and the tragic tsunami it triggered, NASW is issuing an alert to its 145,000 members to help support recovery efforts for victims and their families. If you would like to join in the social work response to this disaster, you can donate through the NASW Foundation’s Social Work Disaster Assistance Fund at www. to assist social workers and/or social welfare organizations who can provide help. In this complex and developing disaster,

In This Issue President’s Message.............................. 2 Executive Director’s Message................. 3 Volunteer Leader Spotlight...................... 4

our colleagues in the Japanese professional social work association are uniquely suited to assess the needs of disaster victims in a culturally competent manner and to provide leadership in promoting effective disaster relief and recovery efforts. One hundred percent of donations through the NASW Foundation for the earthquake and tsunami in Japan will be forwarded to our professional colleagues in Japan to enable social workers to assist in the ongoing relief efforts there. /

Legal Issue of the Month........................ 4 Feature Article........................................ 5 Licensure Classes.................................. 6 Chapter Elections................................... 8

ue to budget cuts, hiring freeze and mandated furloughs, the BBS announced that applicants can expect a 10- to 16-week delay in processing applications. It is strongly recommended that applicants plan ahead and submit applications for licensure, exams and/or renewals several (three to four months) in advance and ensure that the application is complete and accurate. Incomplete and inaccurate applications will be returned. For details, visit www. Applicants and licensees contacting the board may experience delays in responses to inquiries. /

Candidate Statements............................ 9 Political Action..................................... 14 Councils ............................................. 19 Regions/Unit Activities......................... 21


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April 2011



April Is Child Abuse Awareness Month

Board of Directors Officers 2010-2011 PRESIDENT

By Mary Kay Oliveri, MSW, LCSW, Diplomate in Clinical Social Work

Mary Kay Oliveri, MSW, LCSW

“We are willing to spend the least amount of money to keep a kid at home, more to put him in a foster home and the most to institutionalize him.” —Marian Wright Edelman


uring Federal fiscal year 2009, an estimated 3.3 million referrals, involving the alleged maltreatment of approximately 6 million children, were received by CPS agencies. Of these referrals, 61.9 percent were screened in for a response by CPS agencies. One-quarter of the CPS responses determined at least one child was found to be a victim of abuse and neglect with the following report dispositions: 22.1 percent substantiated; 1.3 percent indicated; and 0.5 percent alternative response victim. Three-quarters of the CPS responses determined that the child was not a victim of maltreatment with the following dispositions: 64.3 percent unsubstantiated; 8.7 percent alternative response nonvictim; 1.6 percent closed with no finding; 1.3 percent “other;” 0.1 percent intentionally false; and 0.2 percent unknown. Victims in the age group of birth to one year had the highest rate of victimization at 20.6 per 1,000 children of the same age group in the national population. CPS investiga­tions or assessments determined that for unique victims: • More than 75 percent (78.3 percent) suffered neglect; • More than 15 percent (17.8 percent) suffered physical abuse; • Less than 10 percent (9.5 percent) suffered sexual abuse; and • Less than 10 percent (7.6 percent) suffered from psychological maltreatment. Child fatalities are the most tragic consequence of maltreatment. Yet, each year children die from abuse and neglect. Forty-nine states reported a total of 1,676 fatalities. Based on these data, a nationally estimated 1,770 children died from abuse and neglect. Fatality analyses are per-

“The future—which we hold in trust for our own children—will be shaped by our fairness to other people’s children.” —Marian Wright Edelman



Christine Ford, LCSW TREASURER

Emily Nicholls, LCSW

formed for the unique count of children. Of the reported fatalities: • The overall rate of child fatalities was 2.34 deaths per 100,000 children; • Four-fifths (80.8 percent) of all child fatalities were younger than four years old; • Boys had a slightly higher child fatality rate than girls at 2.36 boys per 100,000 boys in the popula­tion; • Girls died of abuse and neglect at a rate of 2.12 per 100,000 girls in the population; • One-third (35.8 percent) of child fatalities were attributed to neglect exclusively; and • One-third (36.7 percent) of child fatalities were caused by multiple maltreatment types. For more information, visit www.acf. pdf. April is national Child Abuse Awareness month. As social workers, it is a time to pay attention to the challenges facing our public child welfare system and other social service systems that are intended to support families at risk of neglect, violence and abuse due in large part to the stresses of daily living and to the past and present violence in our communities and family life. The news represented in the most recent national statistics reported in part above is not really very good news and it is dated by several years, not representing the current state of affairs in child abuse and neglect as more families face economic stress and homelessness due to joblessness and poverty. Child deaths have increased based on the current national report. Child deaths are used as an index of how we are doing as a nation in our attempt to prevent or stop the most unacceptable outcome of child neglect and abuse. The remainder Continued on page 20






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In the 1930s, America was a “we” nation. Today, we are a “me” nation.

The Times They Are A-Changin’ By Janlee Wong, MSW


rom the Bob Dylan song, the lyric can be used to draw a parallel between the response to the Great Depression of the 1930s and the response of the body politic to the Great Recession of 2008-2011. The government social programs of the 1930s was the response to high unemployment and poverty. War eventually pulled us out causing a labor shortfall that led to importing labor from Mexico and leading women into the workplace. However, the response to the Great Recession of this decade has been quite the opposite. Big banks and big businesses weren’t allowed to fail (bailouts) as they were in the 1930s. Welfare, extended unemployment benefits and Medicaid held the bottom line keeping many from falling through to disaster. But, unlike World War II, our current wars don’t require enormous troop recruitment and war factories. Instead, we have crushing and mounting debt without job growth.


We’re having a jobless recovery where business is returning to profit by cutting jobs and costs. Government, ever the slow sister of business, has caught up by slashing programs, jobs and costs. In an ironic twist, the body politic response to high debt is to cut government programs and hold the line on taxes. Apparently, there’s a mistaken belief that by avoiding a few additional dollars in taxes, the money we save individually will offset our risk and loss in safety net programs. We choose to not extend the vehicle license fee by .5 percent and allow enormous cuts to in home supportive services thinking the one-percent fee is more important to us than the loss of services to keep people out of the more costly nursing homes. This shouldn’t be strange to us. The middle class, most battered by the recession, has decided they want to pay lower taxes and cut programs and services for which they are largely ineligible. Oddly


enough, despite the pain and suffering of the middle class during the Great Recession, they have infinitely more strengths and resources than those who benefit from social and health programs for the poor. What seems to be different than the 1930s is that we, as a body politic, are less socially conscious and therefore less socially responsible. In the 1930s, America was a “we” nation. Today, we are a “me” nation. The times they are a-changin’. /

NASW-CA Announces PSA Contest Winner The Winner: Ahn Bui from San Diego has been selected as the winner of the 2011 NASW California Chapter Public Service Announcement Contest with her “I Am A Social Worker” video. As winner of the contest, Ahn will receive a check for $1,000.

Challenge: Create the Best PSA

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The goal was to create a social work public service announcement highlighting what social workers do. The winning PSA will run for an undetermined amount of Phone: (916) 442-4565 time on the NASW-CA YouTube chanExtension 42     nel and potentially be utilized for future Extension 15 NASW-CA campaigns.

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The Purpose: Promote Social Work March was Social Work Month and the theme for 2011 was “Social Workers Change Futures.” The purpose of the PSA is to highlight social workers as change agents at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels, while increasing public awareness of the profession.

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C. Cameron Galford, MSW, LCSW, BCD

Identity Theft “Red Flags Rule” Exclusion for Social Workers

Region F Director


have always enjoyed working with people from different walks of life. I began my academic career path in nursing, but after a few years I felt that the field of social work was a better fit for me both academically and professionally. Years ago, while working towards my bachelor’s degree in social work, I had the opportunity to begin my internship in adult day health. After graduation, I was employed in long-term care as a full-time social worker. That was the most rewarding and validating experience I have ever had as an adult in the workforce. At that time, I was determined that all the life experiences and academic challenges I had endured were worth the effort and I could make a difference in the lives of others. I then had the opportunity to work with the child welfare population where I have remained since 1994. While working in child welfare, I continued my education and professional growth by obtaining my MSW, LCSW and BCD. Working in a profession that focuses on human diversity, and often adversity, every individual brings something unique and new to my life. With that, I have become a better person, wife, mother, grandmother and servant of our chosen profession. I became involved with the NASW as a student at the urging of a professor. I began attending local meetings. While at those meetings, I met many professional social workers who worked in my community and who are now my community partners in different disciplines of our profession. I found those meetings to be so empowering that I have continued to be actively involved in NASW at the local and regional levels. This is one of the ways I have chosen to advocate professionally for social workers and the populations that we serve. /

Introduction Identity theft is a serious and escalating societal problem that includes “medical identity theft” wherein the identity and health insurance coverage of an individual is used fraudulently by another person to obtain medical or mental health care. NASW’s Legal Defense Fund previously reported on this topic and a controversial application of federal identity theft detection rules to health care providers that would have increased administrative requirements for clinical social workers in private practice (Morgan and Polowy, 2009).

Effective December 18, 2010, the Red Flag Program Clarification Act of 2010 redefined the term “creditors” so that professionals, such as physicians, lawyers, social workers and others are not required to meet the requirements of the previously-enacted Red Flags Rule. This Legal Issue of the Month article reviews the basics of the original law and the Congressional amendment that lifted a regulatory burden from professional practices including social workers in private practice. / Click here to read it in its entirety. To read the complete Legal Issue of the Month, you must use your NASW username and password to log into the site.

NASW Workforce Research Studies: New Occupational Profiles Visit to view the new NASW occupational profiles as seen below. • Social Workers in Hospice and Palliative Care • Social Workers in Schools • Social Workers in Colleges and Universities • Social Workers in Government Agencies • Social Workers in Health Clinics & Outpatient Health Care Settings • Social Workers in Hospitals & Medical Centers • Social Workers in Private Practice • Social Workers Salaries by Race & Ethnicity • Social Workers in Mental Health Clinics & Outpatient Facilities • Social Workers in Psychiatric Hospitals • Social Workers in Social Services Agencies • Social Work Salaries by Gender

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January 2011 Changes to Law: Treatment of Minors without Parental Consent By Federico C. Grosso


ffective January 1, 2011, licensed clinical social workers must comply with this law, which is specific regarding the treatment of minors without parental consent. Health and Safety Code 124260 describes these special circumstances. Health and Safety Code Section 124260: A licensed clinician, registered intern may treat a minor without parental consent if: 1. The minor is 12 years of age or older, and;  2. The clinician determines that the minor is mature enough to participate intelligently in outpatient mental health treatment or counseling. 3. The intent of this law is to include  the parents in their child’s treatment. 4. If, after consulting with the minor, the clinician determines that involving the parents is detrimental to the health of the minor, the parents shall be excluded. 5. The clinician must document: (a) how the clinician determined that the minor was mature enough to receive counseling without parental consent; (b) how the clinician determined that the parents could be included in the minor’s treatment; (c) how the clinician determined that the parents’ participation was inappropriate; (d) whether the clinician attempted to contact the parents and when; (e) if the contact was successful or unsuccessful; and (f) the reason it would be inappropriate to contact the parents. When treating a minor under either of these conditions, the minor is financially responsible for the treatment. One of the goals of treatment in these situations is to incorporate the parents into treatment when appropriate. Once the parents are incorporated into treatment, they become financially responsible for treatment. For clinicians who treat children, these changes are significant because pitfalls exist that must be avoided. Clinicians can avoid potential conflict with parents and even legal action when they face the decision to treat a minor without parental consent or exclude the parents from treatment. To protect themselves, clinicians can opt to document carefully how they reasoned that the minor met the legal conditions for treatment and that the parents would be excluded from the minor’s treatment. In the latter, the clinician has the professional responsibility to establish this legal threshold; “the clinician deems that parental participation is inappropriate.” 

Documenting this reasoning process can indicate to anyone, especially an opposing attorney, who challenges the clinician’s decision that he or she made these determinations objectively, thoroughly, and considered all available information prior to making a decision to treat the minor or exclude the parents. Failing to do so can leave the clinician exposed to an accusation of unprofessional conduct or of being negligent in his or her professional duties. It is always important that therapists consistently act prudently and reasonably, not only to provide the standard of care but to protect themselves. Important Notation: This article is not intended as legal advice. It is only intended for educational purposes. The author recommends that an appropriate attorney be consulted for legal advice. The information presented in this article stems from the author’s experience as an expert witness in malpractice and disciplinary licensing board cases. This content is not to be copied, distributed, or duplicated without the author’s written consent. / Federico C. Grosso, DDS, PhD, MFT, BCFE is an Expert Witness in Malpractice and Administrative Actions and Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners.

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Course: #11-213 Instructor: R. Nizzardini, LCSW, JD Date: Friday, May 20 Hours: 8:30am–7:30pm Fees: Member $175 Non-member $205

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Course: #11-215 Instructor: J. Jackson, LCSW Date: Saturday, May 21 Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm Fees: Member $135 Non-member $165

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Course: #11-216 Instructor: P. Tsui, LCSW, PsyD Date: Saturday, May 21 Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm Fees: Member $115 Non-member $145

Course: #11-217 Instructor: G. DiStefano, LCSW Dates: Fri. & Sat., May 20 & 21 Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm Fees: Member $245 Non-member $275

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Course: #11-219 Instructor: M. Harwood, LCSW Date: Friday, June 24 Hours: 8:30am-7:30pm Fees: Member $175 Non-member $205

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CNLI Presents 2011 California Chapter Election Slate The Chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (CNLI) presents the 2011 Chapter Election Slate. STATEWIDE POSITIONS  President Elect Shirley Gentilini Joe Gorbea-Colon

Vice President Legislative and Political Affairs Patrick Mace Clark Williams

Vice President Membership and Organizational Services Olga Sarabia Julie Taren

Secretary Julie Griffin Jen Henry

Student Director North (MSW) Diep Ngoc Nguyen Andrea Turnbull

Student Director South (BSW) Samantha Chhim

2011 Delegate Assembly Student Representative Diana Traub Shammeer Dawson

Chair, Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification Catharine Ralph

NASW-CA Chapter 2011 Election Candidates for Regional Positions


Regional Director Region C

Region XIII (2011-2014)

Rachelle Jackson Natasha Wilson

Regional Director Region E Martin Dare Jennifer Tinsley

Regional Director Region I Paul McDonough

Committee on Nominations & Leadership Identification Reg. A & C Jennifer Tan

Committee on Nominations & Leadership Identification Reg. G, H & I Karla Lagunas

Joni Diamond, California Victor Manalo, California

Member-At-Large (2011-2014) Teri Cardwell, Indiana Kimele Carter, Texas

BSW Student (2011-2013) Carmelina Gilberto, Washington, DC Amanda Phippen, Iowa

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS Online voting for the NASW 2011 Election will be available March 1, 2011 to April 29, 2011 (8:00 p.m. Pacific time). Members eligible to vote must be in good standing as of February 18, 2011. Members with a valid e-mail address will receive an e-mail with a customized ballot link. Members wishing to vote by mail can also request a paper ballot by leaving a message at (800) 538-2565, ext. 42 or e-mailing a request to In order for your vote to be counted, your ballot must be completed and submitted by April 29, 2011. Again, this year, the National Office has partnered with the California and New York State Chapters to offer members of these two chapters a combined national/chapter electronic ballot. If you reside in either state, you are able to simultaneously cast your votes for the national and your chapter races. Thank you for exercising your right to vote. Support NASW’s “Green” initiative, encourage your friends and colleagues to vote online. For questions/problems/concerns, please contact

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Candidate Statements PRESIDENT- ELECT Shirley Gentilini

I am honored to be considered for the President-Elect position for the NASW Board. Since 1987, I have been actively involved as a NASW member beginning with unit chair for Region F, Orange County. I am now currently retired. I value NASW as our professional organization dedicated to representing and serving social workers. NASW speaks for social work and social workers inside and outside our profession. In this challenging economic environment, I recognize the importance of helping our organization to thrive. To achieve this goal, I plan to focus on professional development, membership retention and recruitment and legislative issues that will help our social workers meet the needs of our society. Before retiring, I worked at California State University, Los Angeles, as a field instructor for BSW and MSW students. This experience enabled me to work with newcomers to our profession as well as seasoned practioners in agencies providing social services in a variety of agencies. I had the privilege to serve on the board of directors as Region F Representative for two terms from 1996 to 2000. Also, I represented Region F on the Professional Development Committee. For two terms (2004-2008), I served on the board as chapter treasurer. In this position, I provided financial reports and acted as chair of the Finance/Ways Committee. I also worked closely with the executive director on developing shortterm and long-term investment policies to increase the chapter’s assets. From 2008 to 2009, I represented Region F on the Committee for Nomination and Leadership. In this position, I was pleased to see the growth of Region F in the Inland Empire and Palm Springs units. During the last three years, I have

been treasurer for the Democratic Party of West Orange County. And I currently volunteer as a facilitator in a program for people who have been recently widowed or divorced.


In the next few years, California will continue to face an economic crisis affecting NASW and its members as well as their employers and clients. My goal, in addition to the bylaws stipulated duties, will be to challenge myself and the membership, through the process of remembering our professional roots, to advocate for developing strategies through which we can make a more effective difference in the lives of those whose voices are not being heard and whose lives are being threatened by budgetary and service reductions. As a seasoned NASW volunteer, (previous service as a local unit chair, Regional Finance Chair, Chapter Membership and Communications Committees, Board of Directors Treasurer, Board Executive and Finance Committees) I have not only demonstrated my level of commitment to the work and mission of NASW, but have acquired the breadth of experience which is necessary to fulfill the office of President. In addition to NASW, I have served on boards of organizations such as: CSWE House of Delegates, National Rural Health Association, Statewide Health Coordinating Council, La Raza Network, State Hospital Association, County Mental Health Advisory Council, Paradise Ridge Democratic Club and County Democratic Central Committee.


I have been a social worker since 1972, (MSW 1976, LCSW 1985) and have worked in mental health, child welfare, youth services, private practice, earned a doctorate (UCLA School of Social Welfare, 1989), been a teacher (policy, advocacy, group work, practice—CSU, Chico), an active member of local-state NASW, Region D director (2002-2006), and served on the NASWCA Board of Directors (2002-2006). I also lobby for NASW, the California Faculty Association, and the California Federation of Labor and am an activist for our clients and the social work profession. This is a critical time for social work; our clients, agencies, programs, jobs and the very philosophies of our profession are under attack. Social workers, educators and public employees have been scapegoated for the economic crash of unregulated banking practices. And we face a cynical attempt to provide tax cuts for the wealthy through the elimination of our social safety net. NASW-CA must make sure these attacks on our clients, agencies, programs and social work values do not succeed.


As a social worker with a long-time passion for public service, client advocacy and grassroots political action, I am eager to serve our Chapter as vice president of Legislative and Political Action. Professionally, I work as a nonprofit consultant and am the elected board chair of the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits, a nonprofit advocacy organization that educates state and local policymak-


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CHAPTER ELECTIONS ers on the impact of budget reductions to client care. In addition, I am an elected official with the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, serve as vice chair of the Santa Clara County Democratic Party, am a member of the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party, and vice chair of the LGBT Caucus of the California Democratic Party. During these perilous budget times, it’s critical that social workers fully engage lawmakers in every level of government on the very real impact of service reductions on the families and communities we so proudly serve. I pledge to utilize my extensive community organizing skills and broad political expertise to lead our chapter in developing a coordinated political action that will reflect the core values of our profession.


I am a 32-year member of NASW and retired from the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services where I held positions as director and assistant director of the clinical social work departments at Harbor UCLA Medical Center and LA County and USC Medical Center. I have been involved in NASW leadership positions in various capacities over the years and am currently completing a term as California chapter representative on the NASW National Board. In order to represent our chapter fully, I have attended 90 percent of our chapter board meetings as well as the national meetings. Periodically I teach a BSW class at CSULA where I speak to students on the importance of professional association membership. As vice president of membership, I plan to continue to enthusiastically promote NASW and to give special attention to recruiting Hispanic social workers  who are  not adequately represented in our chapter. Additionally, as an elder member, I bring institutional memory to the position. I will work to

retain the current membership while continuing to encourage new and young professionals to join our excellent chapter.


I am prepared to assist the Chapter Executive Board and the membership as secretary. It has been my pleasure to serve the California chapter as your outgoing vice president of membership and organizational services.  My previous  opportunities of NASW-CA service have included chapter committees on membership, communications, diversity/ affirmative action, and the New Professionals Network. I currently am co-chair of the Inland Empire unit of Region F networking with students, schools and professionals. Assisting social workers in developing their capacity, leadership skills,  securing new opportunities and mentoring others is my passion.  I look forward to continuing to serve you the members of California as secretary to the board of the NASW California Chapter.


I am completing my final term as Region E (San Diego) regional director. I currently work at the Consensus Organizing Center managing a college access program for first-generation college students and teach a graduate level seminar in the School of Social Work at San Diego State University, where I received my BSW and MSW. I am thrilled to continue a board connection with NASW by running for the secretary position. I feel my knowledge of the functions of each position and most recent history of NASW efforts will help me to excel in the secretary position. Thank you for your consideration and support!


It is my desire to join and participate in NASW because I would like to get involved in the macro-level in social work. I have been working to help my clients on the micro and mezzo level in my field practicum. I am missing the underlying issue, which is the macro-level of the underserved population. Working with the funds, policies and laws are just as critical in social work. I plan to get involved with NASW by being a member of the Social Work Graduate Association (SWGA) at California State University, East Bay. By joining the NASW team, I am able to learn about practical, ethical and political social work issues. Furthermore, by being aware of these issues, I, along with co-members, can be a better advocate for the people we serve. A group of my cohorts in the MSW program at CSUEB decided to form a group called the Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Association (APISWA). By being on the board member as a special events chair, I am able to be educated and share what I have learned with my cohorts and our community about the issues of oppression within this ethnic group.


I am a first-year student in the MSW program at San Jose State University and currently work full-time as a program coordinator for a prevention and early intervention program at Community Connection in Santa Cruz County. I provide employment and other mental health services to young adults with mental illness. As an undergraduate, I served as a board member for the Undergraduate Social Work Association. If elected, I will collaborate closely with student liaisons to promote leadership in NASW and the field of social work within the university community and beyond. In addition, I will actively represent to the NASW the

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Currently, I am a social work undergraduate at Cal State Long Beach. Before I knew what social work was, I volunteered at a nonprofit organization called Khmer Girls in Action for three of my high school years. Social justice and advocacy for immigrants fascinated me and my interest in social work, as a whole, grew as I learned more about how we, as social workers, could help. Now as the vice president of Educational Opportunity Program Student Organization, I work with first-generation college students from low-income families through heavy contribution in community services. As a strong advocate for student involvement, I wish to be the liaison between my fellow peers and our chapter, so that I may not only distribute vital information, but also help introduce relationships between professionals and students to their dream careers.


Shammeer J. Dawson

I participated in the 2009 and 2010 NASW California Chapter’s Legislative Lobby Days in Sacramento. In 2009, the conference room was filled with 1,000 social workers and the following year it increased. I was inspired by the conglomeration of students, NASW leaders and professionals. I also learned about the impact that social workers have towards legislation, public and social policy, which further encouraged me to pursue my MPA. I am currently working as an economic case manager for a twoyear pilot program for low-income older adults. The data collected from the program will be utilized towards policy and

legislation to help older adults. I’ve held a student leadership position for the past two years while pursuing my MSW. It would be an honor to serve the NASW in the capacity of Delegate Assembly Student Representative and to learn and focus on social work topics that fuel my passion to help and be of service.


I am a BASW student at San Jose State University and will be graduating this May. I plan to continue my education and pursue an MSW. I have prior experience working with youth in substance abuse and mental health facilities. I currently work at EMQ Families First as a family specialist where I provide wrap-around services to youth and their families. I am also the current student director for the North NASW-CA chapter. I am dedicated to the profession of social work and have a strong desire to support fellow students. If elected, I will represent the student voice, as a whole, when collaborating with others at the delegate conference. And I will proactively work with the schools of social work to ensure information is effectively communicated and continue to advocate for student needs and interests.


I received my MSW in 1977 from UC Berkeley and currently serve as Title IV-E project coordinator and field consultant/lecturer at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare. I have been a NASW member for more than 30 years, but really active since one of my students nominated me for Region C director in 1997. I served variously on the regional, chapter and national board

levels, and most recently as the chapter’s first vice president. I am currently Region C’s faculty liaison with UCB. NASW, most importantly, provides leadership for social workers and our clients, especially in challenging economic times. The CNLI chair must work with others to locate and mobilize potential leaders among our talented and dedicated members. We need gifted leaders to achieve our goals. If elected to chair the CNLI, I will encourage the talented members of our chapter to assume leadership roles for the future of our profession and our association. I expect to be in contact with members who will respond to calls for their skills. I will bring perspectives of peace, justice, inclusiveness and activism to the table, along with seasoned experience in practice and education. My effectiveness should be measured by the number of new proficient leaders who agree to listen to members and engage us in our association.


Natasha Wilson

I am a public servant devoted to the wellbeing of people and I want to be your regional director! My personal and professional experiences have afforded me an array of leadership knowledge working with diverse populations of people ranging from gender, culture, age and socioeconomics. I have worked in social services for over five years in the areas of Children and Family Services, Aging and Adult Services, and Workforce Services. My leadership involvement has included working on a variety of committees targeting policies and procedures of public service programs and I have served two terms as a student representative for CalSWEC Student Day. Currently I am on the verge of groundbreaking research in the area of father involvement in child welfare and have been invited to present at two child welfare conferences in Mississippi and New Orleans this spring. I bring


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Region E has been taking great strides and is progressing in the right direction. With a number of years in community development, I would like to contribute my experience to help continue the momentum. With burgeoning social needs, our professionals will continue to respond to issues and create innovative approaches. Each social worker and social work student has something to contribute, and we have to make sure each has the opportunity to do so.  


Jennifer Tinsley

The NASW Region E director position would be both a fulfillment of my goal to give back to the field to which I have devoted my career, as well as a true manifestation of my decade of passion for NASW. NASW has sustained all of us in our pursuit of professional development and afforded us invaluable political advocacy and support services as social workers. NASW has been a critical professional support to me since I began my career in the social service field more than 10 years ago. I currently serve as a social worker at the VA Medical Center in San Diego. My clients are veterans and their families, and my role is to connect them with services including medical care, housing, financial assistance, psychiatric assistance and any other social services. In

addition to my work duties at the VA, I am also co-chair of the VA Education Committee, a member of the VA Ethics Consult team, and a member of the National Emergency Management Response team. As a member of  these organizations and committees, I am able to assess the need for and implement change that improves the quality of social work practice and job satisfaction. I have also created and taught workshops on PTSD, serious mental illness, caregiver stress, and assertive communication.  As Region E director, I will work hard to inspire and support you in your continued growth and professional development as a social worker. I would bring to the NASW professional organization my strong commitment to growth, creativity and all needs of NASW and its members. I am ardent in my knowledge of how the principles and guidelines of the NASW organization are invaluable for all social workers and in my belief that its ability to provide resources, ethical processes and other professional supports are critical to us individually and collectively.  I look forward to the opportunity to engage in the next step  of my NASW experience by assuming a leadership role, and to becoming the new Region E director for our chapter of NASW. 


Paul McDonough

My work as a paralyzed veterans social worker with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has provided me with the opportunity to gain wonderful leadership training and experience. I am currently an officer with the nationwide VA Special Interest Group on Multiple Sclerosis and have several leadership roles at VA Long Beach Healthcare System, including co-chair of our Professional Development Committee. I have been a member of NASW for five years and have served as chair, co-chair, treasurer and student representative on the Long Beach unit board. I would like

Region I to be involved with the social work schools within its borders. One of my goals as director would be to offer each school the opportunity to host a local unit. Each unit will promote continuing education and networking for our professional members and provide our student members with the opportunity to network with experienced social workers. Additionally, I would like to promote social networking for the region and chapter as a whole. Social networking allows us the opportunity to stay abreast of the great work each of us does every day, while still having time to meet obligations to work, family and life.


I am excited to be nominated for the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification for NASW-CA. I am currently a children’s case manager with the Regional Center of the East Bay, the secretary of the Board of Directors for NASW-CA, serve on the Professional Development Committee for NASW-CA, and am a community educator for Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI).  I believe it is important to have leaders that strive to improve the system of advocacy and support that NASW provides to students and professionals everywhere. If elected, I will work very hard to find the most passionate and committed leaders across the state to represent the members of NASW.   It has been an honor to serve all of you, and I hope to continue doing so by finding others who share my drive for providing the best advocacy for all of us and our field. /

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Clinical Social Workers Needed for DSM-V Field Trials


he American Psychiatric Association is seeking clinical social workers to participate in field trials for the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). The field trials are designed to test the feasibility and clinical usefulness of the proposed diagnostic criteria and measures in clinical settings. The trials also examine whether the measures capture changes in patients’ symptom levels over time and are informative for treatment planning. Clinical social workers who volunteer to participate will be recognized as contributors in the DSM-V and receive continuing education credits for participation in the field trials and completion of a required online DSM-V training session. Since clinical social workers use the DSM when diagnosing a patient for mental illness, their participation is germane in the development process. Additional information about the field trials and how to volunteer is available online at /

New Professionals Network Conference


oin social work students and new professionals (recent graduates) for the “Forward to Our Futures” event on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the USC Orange County Campus. For details, visit www.naswca. org and choose the NPN link under “Upcoming Events” in the right-hand column. There is a $5 fee for students and a $10 fee for nonstudents. Lunch included. RSVP required. For information, call (323) 363-1133 or e-mail membership@ /

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Forensic Training for Social Services Professionals Cal State Fullerton Forensic Social Services Courses Began in February 2011


here is a growing need for social services and behavioral health professionals to better understand the law, the legal system and their role in legal proceedings in order to provide informed assistance to their clients. The Certificate in Forensic Social Services and Behavioral Health from University Extended Education at Cal State Fullerton is designed to provide you with the necessary skills to work more effectively in this critical role. This program is designed for those who have at least four years of professional experience in the social services or behavioral health professions, or a minimum of a master’s degree in social services related programs. For more information, please contact Rene De Leon at (657) 278-8392 or redeleon@, or call (657) 278-2611. Program information found at /

Gabe Zimmerman Scholarship Fund Established


rizona State University has established a scholarship fund in memory of alumni Gabe Zimmerman, MSW, was one of the six people killed in the January 8, 2011 Tucson shooting targeting Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Zimmerman served as Gifford’s community outreach director and attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, as an undergraduate. Zimmerman was an active member of the Arizona NASW Chapter. Donations can be made in Zimmerman’s memory to the ASU Foundation, P.O. Box 2260 Tempe, AZ 85280-2260 or online here at ASU’s secure donation page.


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Government Relations Update By Rebecca Gonzales, Director of Government Relations and Political Affairs

State Budget As I write this article, the Budget Conference Committee has just sent the state budget to the floor of the Assembly and Senate. Although the conference committee version of the budget excluded some of the most draconian cuts proposed by the Governor in January, it still includes many deep and harmful cuts to lowincome communities. The conference committee also accepted the Governor’s proposal to put a measure on the June 2011 ballot to extend the temporary tax increases that were part of the February

2009 budget agreement. Without these extensions, the budget cuts would be much worse, so we applaud the Governor for including this as part of his original budget proposal. The final compromise budget bridges a deficit that had grown to $26.5 billion after the Governor cancelled the sale of state buildings included in the last Schwarzenegger budget. Conference cuts total $12.5 billion and the conference version of the budget includes a reserve of more than $1.1 billion. The conference report also reflects the Governor’s realign-

Table 1 A limit on doctor visits under Medi-Cal to seven per year with a waiver if a doctor determines that the services are medically necessary. The January proposal placed a limit of ten visits but without the waiver provision. Various copayments under Medi-Cal including a $5 copayment on physician, clinical, dental and pharmacy services and $3 for preferred drugs. Imposes a $50 co-pay on emergency room visits and a co-pay of $100 per day up to a maximum of $200 for hospital stays. Also limits coverage of nutrition products to tube feed and imposes an annual dollar maximum on hearing aids. A 10-percent reduction to Medi-Cal providers and skilled nursing facilities. An elimination of adult day health care (ADHC) as a Medi-Cal optional benefit but provides new funds to create a more narrowly defined ADHC benefit under a new federal waiver. Increased premiums for certain families in the Healthy Families program and increases in copayments for doctor visits and emergency room and hospitalizations consistent with Medi-Cal increases. Cuts to vision coverage for children in the Healthy Families program by three million rather than the previous proposal to eliminate this coverage. A rejection of a limit of six prescriptions per month except for life-saving drugs. A rejection of a cap on medical supplies and durable medical equipment. A reduction to CalWORKs grants by 8 percent and a limit of 48 months of aid rather than the current 60 months and some cuts to child-only grants. The original budget proposed a 13-percent cut and proposed eliminating child-only grants for children whose parents did not meet work participations requirements after 48 months. A reduction of SSI/SSP grants to the federal minimum for individuals. Rather than eliminating child care for 11- and 12- year-olds, the proposal protects services for children whose parents work non-traditional hours and exempts children who are disabled, or at risk of abuse or homelessness. Also approves the restoration of CalWORKs Stage 3 child care but reduces provider rates for license exempt providers and reduces the standard reimbursement rate and increases family fees by 10 percent. A reduction of $500 million each to UC and CSUS but protects academic preparation and outreach programs from disproportionate reductions. Approves a $10 per unit fee increase from $26 per unit to $36 per unit for community colleges. A reduction of $11 million to state parks that will result in many closures.

ment proposal to realign certain state programs, including Child Welfare Services, from the state to local governments with the tax extensions serving as the revenue source for the operation of these programs at the local level. If the Legislature does not put the revenue extensions on the June ballot, or if this proposal is on the ballot and it does not pass, there will be another $12-billion gap in the budget that will result in another round of deep and painful budget cuts. A large portion of these cuts will come from K-12 education, which was basically held harmless in the Governor’s budget proposal. Some school districts are already talking about massive teacher layoffs, increased class sizes, shorter school years and the elimination of school social workers, counselors, sports, choir, drama, yearbooks and school bands if these taxes are not extended. Another proposal that was modified in the conference report was the plan to divert $1 billion in Proposition 10 tobacco tax revenues to pay for Medi-Cal services for children up to age five. This proposal will no longer seek to additionally divert money from the First 5 Commission on an ongoing basis in order to avoid requiring voter approval for the use of these funds. Diverting money on a one-time basis may only take a two-thirds vote of the Legislature if it is consistent with the original intent of the measure. The argument will be made that it is consistent with the original intent of the measure because the money would serve kids from ages zero to five years and the money would in theory come out of reserves. The budget compromise also includes the proposed one-year shift of $861 million from Proposition 63 Mental Health Services Act funds to pay for the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) program, Medi-Cal Managed Care and for mental health

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What Does AB 73 Entail? services for special education students before those services are realigned to the counties in the following year. Like the Proposition 10 proposal, this action is not slated for the ballot because the intent is to be consistent with the original intention of Proposition 63. After the one-year diversion of funds, Proposition 63 programs would be funded with additional revenues with greater growth than is provided with current funding. We have been very busy in Sacramento attempting to minimize the cuts and we did help to defeat some of the worst cuts to Medi-Cal, the Healthy Families Program and CalWORKs. Significant budget cuts and modifications to the January version of the budget included in Table 1. Assuming the conference report proposal is passed by the Legislature, we must now focus our efforts on the June ballot. The NASW-CA Legislative Committee will meet before the June elections to determine our position on the realignment and tax extension provisions on the ballot. This election will be crucial for the future funding of many state services so please keep informed and vote!

Legislative Update In coming editions of the California News, look for updates on our legislative package for the year. I am reviewing the approximately 2,300 bills that were introduced before the bill introduction deadline. The Legislative Committee will meet soon to pick the bills we plan to support and oppose. Our bill, AB 671, which requires supervisors in Child Welfare Services to have an MSW or a master’s degree in a behavioral science and a certification from an entity that certifies supervisors in Child Welfare Services, should be heard in April. I will send legislative alerts about this measure throughout the Legislative year. /

By Deanna Bennett AB 73 is a bill introduced by Assemblymember Feuer. The purpose of the bill is to allow public access to juvenile dependency proceedings. California hearings are currently closed with judicial discretion to open. Proponents of the bill argue that providing access to the public will create transparency within the otherwise eluded child welfare system. This would open the proceedings to spectators as well as the media. The proceedings would be allowed to be closed if deemed necessary by the judge or referee. Opponents of the bill believe that public access will be expensive as well as it is not be in the best interest of the children of the court. This is the third legislative attempt to open dependency courts in California. No one argues that there is an issue with having spectators in the courtroom that have a nexus in the case. There were no points made about any solutions that could come out of opening the hearings. The issue is what opening the hearings has the possibility of doing. Opening the hearings provides a false sense of transparency within juvenile dependency. There will be no change in the fact that the public will not be allowed to know any specific details of the case that is not discussed in court. What this does is provide the media with the opportunity to create a modern day witchhunt for social workers in the dependency cases. More fingers will be pointed and less emphasis will be made to assist in repairing this broken system. The fact of the matter is that there are too many children and not enough social workers to handle the caseloads. In most cases, workers are being labeled as social workers occupationally, but do not have the formal professional education. If the public truly wants to know more about juvenile dependency, having volunteer advocates available in the courts and the community seems far more helpful than insulting the intelligence of the public with a “feel good” bill such as AB 73. / Deanna Bennett is a MSW candidate at The NASW-CA Chapter offers a FREE online class that California State Uniprovides an overview of the LCSW licensing process, requirements, crucial timeframes, important resources, and strategies for versity, Sacramento and overcoming the most common applicant mistakes. currently an intern at NASW-CA. She can be Register today for free and read the content online or save and print the PDF file for future reference. reached at naswadmin@ Visit the Chapter’s website at and choose

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the “Licensure” tab at the top of the page. The LCSW free course is listed in the “Licensing” drop down box. On the “Licensing” main page, you’ll find licensing resources, information, and a list of the required pre-licensure courses. For questions, e-mail


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helped out in Katrina, but not so much in Haiti and probably not Japan either. Probably the most well-known direct service group in disasters is Doctors Without Borders. While many who volunteer are doctors, many are not. For more information, go to their website at www. You can find other groups with charity and relief services working in Japan by going to

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Spanish Immersion Program for Social Workers in Costa Rica! Learn or improve your Spanish while visiting a true tropical paradise.

Monetary Donations Donating money is perhaps the best way that we all can be involved in helping Japan. Disaster relief is enormously expensive and first-world countries like the U.S. can generate a large amount of private donations in a short period of time. While donating money seems less satisfying than direct services, it may be the most effective help we can give. Since Japan is a first-world country, there is no need to donate clothing, supplies and other goods because those are available in Japan or can be purchased and distributed through their transportation systems. You can find out how about to donate money at www.

What You Can Do Here Supporting our fellow Americans who have relatives and friends in Japan can be very helpful. The lack of information and fear of the unknown can create very anxious times for us. An out-of-the-box idea is to help out indirectly by saving on fuel by driving less, taking public transportation and using less electricity at work and home. Japan is a country without natural energy resources so it is very susceptible to increased oil costs. We can help reduce demand (and therefore the cost) for oil by conserving at home. /

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Are Continuing Care Residential Community Residents Being Subjected to the Same Informal Control Mechanisms Employed by Administrators in Mental Hospitals, Prisons and Nursing Homes? By Lillian L. Hyatt, MSW, a resident of a CCRC and AARP Policy Specialist on CCRCs


few years ago I read a book published in 1961 written by Erving Goffman, entitled Asylums. In 2007, Goffman was listed as the sixth most cited intellectual in the humanities and social sciences by The Times Education Guide. As I have studied and researched the CCRC system for seven years nationwide, I discovered a startling similarity between the methods used to control inmates of mental hospitals, prisons and nursing homes to policies pursued and implemented by CCRC administrators in their treatment of residents who effectively challenged those administrators if they tried limiting or restricting residents’ civil rights or the residents’ rights of

seniors who had bought long-term care in CCRC facilities. There are cases in my files that include actual evictions and threats of eviction of CCRC residents. The provider organization offers seminars instructing administrators on how to discharge a resident from the community and highlights the legal and practical considerations. Targeted are residents critical of CCRC administration for financial mismanagement, as well as administrators guilty of violations of federal and state disability and fair housing laws. Residents have received threatening attorney’s letters when they attempted to directly contact

Diana Ming Chan Bilingual Social Work Scholarship The Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Council (APISWC) of the California Chapter of NASW is proud to announce the applications for the Diana Ming Chan Bilingual Social Work Scholarship. Ming, who lived from 1929 to 2008, was a well- respected social worker in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was one of the first Cantonese bilingual social workers in San Francisco Chinatown and advocated for the need of bilingual social workers. Ming was also known for her diplomacy where she invited top politicians to her home to discuss the importance of school social workers. Eventually, she was able to effectively lobby the San Francisco Board of Education to open up school positions for social workers. Four scholarships—in the amount of $1,000 each—will be awarded at the NASW-CA annual conference in October 2011. All applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, June 1, 2011 and mailed to:

Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Council PMB 146, 706 Sacramento Street San Francisco, CA 94108 For more information, visit

boards of directors to report abuse. Policy directions are given to CCRC staff to isolate residents by not speaking to those residents who asked inconvenient questions. To view the entire article, please visit hyatt0411.pdf. To request a printed copy of this article, please contact (800) 5382565, ext. 42. / California News columnist Lillian Hyatt is an AARP California policy advisor. A policy advisor reviews legislation, regulations and other proposals to promote official AARP policy updated annually and approved by its board of directors.

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February 22, 2011 Gloria Molina, 1st District Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, 2nd District Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, 3rd District Supervisor Don Knabe, 4th District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, 5th District Supervisor Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Rm. 383, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration 500 W. Temple St. Los Angeles 90012 Re: Child Welfare Dear Supervisors, What if collectively, soldiers in the field were solely judged on the number of innocent lives lost? What if their leaders, however successful in carrying out a proscribed strategy within a strict set of rules, were summarily dismissed? Morale would be very low, and positive outcomes would fall far short of expectations. The Los Angeles Times continues to rail against child welfare workers (“A dependency court cure” Feb. 12, 2011, Opinion), particularly in light of the recent tragic deaths of children charged to their care within an overburdened and sorely underappreciated system. Your board continues to hold accountable the heads of the Department of Children and Family Services, creating a revolving door for administrators. Recently-dismissed director, Trish Ploehn, has been a devoted child advocate and social work professional for her entire career. During her tenure, she had no choice but to work within the legal boundaries of her post, despite her support for transparency. How often was her agency lauded for saving children from abusive households, enabling successful adoptions and legal guardianships, and facilitating family reunifications? Every child’s life is precious, and investigations must be conducted so that tragedies may be prevented. But with limited funding, highly-negative public perception, huge child welfare worker on-the-job safety issues, and a great need for more highly-educated professionals in the field, the board’s actions and the Times’ disparagement simply fuel low morale. You put out to the public “the glass is half empty” view of DCFS. It is time for the legislature to do its job and make dependency proceedings open. It is also time for the Board of Supervisors to catch DCFS doing things right so that the public can start to grasp the big picture and be a part of the solution in saving society’s most vulnerable citizens. Attached please find a copy of the NASW News, February 2011. On page 3 you will find my article, “Child Welfare Workforce’s Burden.” You may also access this article on the web at: Sincerely, James J. Kelly, Ph.D, ACSW, LCSW President, National Association of Social Workers P.S. I am the former Dean of the College of Health and Human Services who worked closely with the County to develop the Crime Lab on the CSULA campus and a former good friend of Congressman Roybal.

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By Katie Mochalski

The California Social Work Hall of Distinction Committee has announced the social work leaders selected for induction into the Hall in 2011. After receiving another record-setting array of nominations, the extraordinary group selected Some of the members of the Hall of Distinction committee who gathered at includes Richard Masato Aoki, last year’s induction celebration. Left to right: Janlee Wong, Joe Nunn, Sue Ronald V. Dellums, Herman Peck, Colleen Friend, Jim Kelly, Esther Gillies, Monika White and Frances Caple. Gallegos, Edward Nathan, Janoutstanding contributions to the advanceice K. O’Donnell and Kermit T. Wiltse. ment of the social work profession and/or This distinguished group will be recognized social work practice in California. Dr. Colleen at an induction ceremony and reception on Friend of CSU Los Angeles chairs the committhe evening of October 29, 2011 at the San tee, which is comprised of social work leaders Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel, San Franfrom universities and social work organizacisco, California. The ceremony will be held tions throughout the state. The California in conjunction with the NASW-CA Annual Social Work Hall of Distinction operates as Conference. Everyone is welcomed to attend a committee of the California Social Welfare and invited to place a tribute message in the Archives, which, with support from the USC commemorative program. E-mail cswa@ School of Social Work, maintains oral to request an invitation. NASW-CA ries of social work leaders and collections of Annual Conference participants can make some of the most historically significant docureservations during their online registration. ments in the development of social welfare in Since its inception in 2002, the mission of the state. Find out more information and view the California Social Work Hall of Distinction videos of recent induction events at socialis to recognize individuals who have made /

Rosa F. Kaplan



Hall of Distinction


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“Every effort must be made to enable mental health in-patient services to be the benign and healing settings they are meant to be. —Rosa F. Kaplan

Rosa Felsenberg Kaplan, LCSW, DSW, a fierce advocate for the rights of people with mental illnesses, died March 5, 2011 after a lengthy illness. Kaplan was an active member of the Women’s Council Executive Body and author of the Council’s 1990 Dual Diagnosis Pamphlet. This was one of many strategies she developed to inform those diagnosed with either disease (addiction, mental illness) of more appropriate diagnoses and treatment. She was a strong proponent of mental health services on request rather than only to those identified as a danger to self or others.

As an employee of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Kaplan provided direct service in the La Puente office and subsequently served in the training division. The California Chapter honored Rosa Kaplan as social worker of the year in 1998. Rosa reviewed articles for the publication Psychiatric Services, volunteered as a screener with the American Civil Liberties Unions and was affiliated with Hebrew Union College. During her illness, her nephew Daniel Steinmetz, also a social worker, provided consistent and caring support. /

What’s the Success Rate?

By Marilyn Montenegro “I needed money for books, my grant was late, the teachers were hassling me.” Susie knew only one way to get money quickly. But it didn’t work. She provided sex, she didn’t get the money, she went to jail. That was in February. In January, Susie would have been counted “a success.” After years of cycling in and out of prison and jail as a result of systemal response to her mental illness and disease of addiction, she returned to our program in 2009. This time, she was able to complete a drug treatment program, qualify for SSI, locate subsidized housing and enroll in community college classes. She was well on her way to an AA degree. Now, showing me her paperwork, I saw that in addition to being dropped from her classes for having three absences, the court ordered her to pay $170 for a variety of “costs” including “restitution” and court costs. Will she be able to save the $170 from her $845 a month SSI benefit? Since she has been dropped from classes, there will be no student aid to provide the $170. Jail time is valued at $100 a day; she could “pay” the fine with two days. Is she now a failure or have we failed her? / The Women’s Council is concerned with the ethical response to questions about success rates and to client’s like Susie. To learn more about the Council, please contact (800) 538-2565, ext. 57, or


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Does Glenn Beck’s Attack on Social Worker Frances Fox Piven Matter? By Gene Rothman, DSW, LCSW

Most social workers I know have never heard of Frances Fox Piven or her late husband, Richard Cloward. Such is the case even now, when Fox commentator Glenn Beck called her one of the most dangerous people in the world, resulting in voluminous hate mail and hundreds of death threats to Piven. Frances Piven is a 78-year-old professor at the City College of New York. She and Cloward were strategists in the 1960s, working with welfare recipients. What raised Beck’s ire was their proposal and efforts to have poor people enroll for welfare benefits to which they were eligible. It was anticipated that this would strain city budgets, thereby—Piven and Cloward hoped— forcing national leaders to respond to the expected crisis with a federal plan to address poverty. Here is Beck: “Let me introduce you to the people you would say are fundamentally responsible for the unsustainability and possible collapse of our economic system…Cloward and Piven.” Social workers I have spoken with argue that the best way to respond to Beck is to not respond. Why give him more publicity? Unlike, say, trade unionists, who argue that an injury to one is an injury to all, social workers appear to lack this sense of collective solidarity. The purpose of this article is to generate discussion about this matter. Full disclosure: I worked with Cloward when I was a social work student at Hunter College on his poor people’s campaign. I have recommended the Piven-Cloward book, Poor People’s Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail, to social workers (especially in community organizing), sociologists and others. My question to social workers—including our leaders at the state and local level—is this: Why not defend one of our own from such attacks? / Gene Rothman, DSW, LCSW, is a retired social worker active with the NASW California Social Action/Social Justice Council of the National Association of Social Workers.


Left to right: Assemblymember Mariko Yamada, MSW; Taylor Kyle (son of board member Mary Kyle); and NASW-CA Executive Director Janlee Wong.

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of the report shows little change from previous years. Prior to the budgetary hatchet that is now taking chunks out of the social service safety net at the state and federal level, there has been proposed legislation to expand our efforts in the area of child abuse and neglect. Some states are doing this currently, by expanding child abuse services to children and families who are at risk by providing early and alternative intervention when a hotline call is unfounded for abuse or neglect at the same time as the family is seen as in need of economic, child care support, substance abuse or mental health care. Meanwhile, here in California, we continue to struggle with the time it takes to respond to hotline calls, unacceptable caseload sizes, bringing enough professionally trained social workers into our social service system to develop and deliver social work services, limited options for providing services to help families stay together or to place children in relative foster care and other long-term stable living situations when their parents are unable to provide a safe home. We are debating issues like opening the dependency court to provide transparency to the public in child abuse and neglect cases. While transparency is an important aspect of any improvements in our system, it should not come at the cost of a child’s identity being open to publicity. Where are the social work voices in these debates? Yes, we are all swamped trying to provide service through practice, program development, policy advocacy, research and training. At the same time, we need to be among the outspoken on the critical issues that are being decided about the populations and social service systems that we are part of every day. The California Chapter of NASW is working on a piece of legislation, AB 671 sponsored by Portantino, which is intended to advance professional social workers and social work knowledge and principles into the supervisory positions of public child welfare agencies in our state. I ask that you follow this bill, support it if you can, or choose another piece of legislation that involves the critical services we provide to children and families at risk of neglect and abuse in our state. Act now, this month, and in future months as these important issues are debated. Let’s ensure that there are social work voices in the debates. / Excerpts from the most recent report on Child Maltreatment, 2009, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau.

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San Francisco Unit Report By Mark Thoma

The San Francisco unit hosted a Social Work Month CEU meeting and celebration at Sutter VNA and Hospice. Janlee Wong and Rebecca Gonzales presented “California Budget Cuts: Implications for Social Workers and Clients.” Those who attended also had a chance to network. A raffle to celebrate Social Work Month topped off the event. On March 1, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation honoring Social Work Month and Social Workers. And save the date for the next San Francisco unit CEU workshop and meeting on June 2 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the San Francisco Department of Public Health located at 101 Grove Street, Room 300. Vitka Eisen, CEO of Walden House, and Barbara Garcia, director, San Francisco Department of Public Health, will present “An Overview of Public Health Services and the Integration of Behavioral Health Services and Primary Care.” Please RSVP to Mark Thoma at thoma_mark@yahoo. com. Stay up to date with Region A events through our information blog at

Chico Unit Chair Christina Wong, LCSW Fresno Unit Chair Anthony Yrigollen Kern Unit Co-chair Evelyn Eterno Northern Gateway Tom Wright Sierra Foothills Chair Andrea Hayes Stanislaus Chair Anne Danhoff

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Palm Springs/Desert Cities Unit Report By Susann Adams, LCSW-C

Please come join social workers throughout the Desert Cities on April 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Safe House of the Desert at 72-710 E. Lynn St. in Thousand Palms. We will begin with a business meeting for nominations and an election of new unit officers, which is a great leadership opportunity in our profession. We will then have an opportunity for a presentation (one free CEU provided) and tour of the facility. Safe House of the Desert is a program that provides help to teens facing difficult situations throughout Coachella Valley. They are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for teens facing domestic violence, drug addiction, unplanned pregnancies, gender identity issues, suicide and even life on the street, so this will be a good experience for social workers to not only hear about their program,


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San Fernando Valley, Ventura County, Antelope Valley, Santa Barbara County CONTACTS

Director Dora Saenz-Belden, MSW Alternate Director North Janess Broderick Alternate Director South Cynthia Aranda-Lechuga Santa Barbara Unit Debbie Allen, LCSW San Fernando Valley Unit Rina Levi Shroyer, LCSW (818) 366-6950 San Fernando Valley Unit Advisor Joni Diamond Ventura County Unit Linda Lipscomb

Ventura County Unit Report By Linda Lipscomb, LCSW

Thanks to the leadership team of our unit, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation in support of Social Workers Month. We hope every one of our colleagues was recognized during this historic time in our national association! Future meetings will move to the last  Wednesday night of each month, beginning on April 27. The time will remain at 6:00 p.m. and the location continues at China Dynasty on Johnson Drive in Ventura.  If someone wishes to recommend unit chair leadership for the upcoming year, which begins in July, please contact Linda Lipscomb at and the information will be passed on to a team of attendees that meet each month. Lobby Days is coming up in April and a contingent of Ventura County social workers will be attending, including students from the MSW program annex of California State University at Long Beach that meets in Ventura. Join us on April 27.  We need your ideas, support and energy!

San Fernando Valley Unit Report By Dana LaVerne, MSW

Greetings social workers! The SFVLU sponsored a fabulous February workshop on Friday February 25 at the Odyssey in Granada Hills. The topic was “Bullying in Society Throughout the Life Cycle: Its Impact and Coping.” The presenters were absolutely outstanding and included Judith Harris, LCSW; Peter Getoff, LCSW; and Tracy Webb, senior trial deputy (in charge of cyber crime and child abuse prevention). The program was a great success.

March is Social Work month: “Social Workers Change Futures.” Regions G, H and I received a proclamation from Bill Rosendahl, MSW, LA city councilmember on March 4. The celebratory event was be followed by cake with city councilmembers’ and staff. Join us on Friday April 29 at the Odyssey Restaurant as we celebrate our “Social Worker of the Year Awardees Banquet” honoring: Amy Levin, MSW, PhD, SFVLU Social Worker of the Year; Senator Alex Padilla, SFVLU Public Citizen of the Year; and Controller Wendy Greuel, SFVLU Public Citizen of the year. There will be a workshop presentation on legislative updates, connections and making a difference with NASW-CA Director of Legislative Affairs Rebecca Gonzales, Senator Alex Padilla, and Controller Wendy Greuel for pertinent updates. Social workers can earn two CEUs. Please contact Rina Levi Shroyer, LCSW, SFVLU chair, at or (818) 366-6950, or Joni Diamond, LCSW, SFVLU advisor, at jonidiamond@ or (818) 832-9941.


West Los Angeles and Beach Cities CONTACTS

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By Tracy Greene Mintz, LCSW

Region H congratulates our annual Social Work Award recipients: Marshall Wong, MSW, Social Worker of the Year; Ruth Sugerman, LCSW, Lifetime Achievement; and Maria Suarez, Public Citizen of the Year. We will be cohosting a Professional Development Day with the UCLA School of Social Work at UCLA on April 23. New grads and soon-to-be grads will appreciate this opportunity to explore job search strategies, advice and stress relief as they navigate the job market. For more information, contact


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