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February 2013 • Volume 39, Number 5

Social Work Month and Awards Important for the Individual and the Profession By Tera Stefani, NASW-CA Membership and Communications Director

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ocial Work Month is right around the corner. This year’s theme is “Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy: The Power of Social Work.” There are many ways to celebrate. Raising awareness about social work is a good place to start. Advocating for clients and the profession is another great step. Submitting a nomination for Social Worker of the Year, Public Citizen of the Year, or the Lifetime Achievement Award satisfies the intention of the aforementioned, minimizing time investment while maximizing effort. About a year ago, I was speaking

with a social worker who was being recognized by her peers for her many contributions to the field of social work, deservedly so. To my surprise, she expressed that she felt a great deal of discomfort for the recognition. In fact, upon accepting the award, she only felt comfortable doing so on behalf of all social workers. While her humility was similar to how I was reared and observations of the common practices of my professional cohort, I also recognize that, while it may prove uncomfortable for some, highlighting professional accomplishments has the potential to advance

social work, as well as our communities. By taking a moment to shed light on positive occurrences, this may impart not only what has been accomplished, but also spark ideas of what can be done. Please, I implore you, nominate someone for an award today. Inspire us all with the specialness of what is being done and what waits to be done. To nominate someone for a region or unit award, contact your local leadership about the process. For state award information go to w w w. n a s w c a . o r g / d i s p l a y c o m m o n . cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=137. /

New Psychotherapy Codes for Clinical Social Workers

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ffective January 2013, clinical social workers will begin using new and revised psychotherapy codes when providing psychotherapy services to patients. For the first time since 1998, the family of psychotherapy codes has gone through a major revision process. NASW provided national social work leadership in the development and approval processes for the new and revised psychotherapy codes through the American Medical Associ-

ation Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel. In addition to working with CPT panel, NASW also worked collaboratively with the American Psychiatric Association, Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Nurses Association, and American Psychological Association. In 2011, NASW members were first introduced to the new codes when they participated in a national psychotherapy survey sponsored by the American

Medical Association and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to determine work values for the new and revised psychotherapy codes. Work values consist of how much time, mental effort, skills, judgment and stress it takes to perform a psychotherapy service. To read the rest of the article, please visit www.socialworkers.org/assets/ secured/documents/practice/clinical/ ppnewcodes.pdf. /

In This Issue Online Classes....................................... 2

Political Action....................................... 8

Opinion................................................ 13

President’s Message.............................. 3

Chapter Elections Preliminary Slate......... 9

Regions............................................... 16

Executive Director’s Message................. 4

Legal Issue of the Month...................... 10

Councils.............................................. 18

Licensure Classes.................................. 6

Conference Presenter Proposals........... 12

Lobby Days 2013................................ 20


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FROM THE PRESIDENT

Beginning Our New Year By Shirley Gentilini, MSW, LCSW

Shirley Gentilini, MSW, LCSW FIRST VICE PRESIDENT

Sylvester Bowie, MSW TREASURER

Cheryl Blankenship-Kupras, MSW, LCSW SECRETARY

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wish you the best for this new year—2013. There are many challenges for those whom we serve in our profession. The job market remains slow and many families are faced with shortages and strained financial resources. As elected politicians work to balance the budget, the possibility of limiting social services for those we serve is looming. One suggestion is to keep up with what is happening in your workplace. And learn who the major decision makers are. We, social workers, are advocates for our clients. As services are eliminated or phased out, we could write or email those making decisions

about the importance of keeping services and how these services impact our clients and their families. As you meet with other helping professionals, remember to share what you accomplished and encourage them to follow. This March, we recognize and honor those social workers chosen as Social Worker of the Year. I encourage you to attend the celebrations given in your local units and regions. Have fun and also network with your colleagues. You can find out information where these events are on the last few pages of this issue of California News. /

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FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Our New Year’s Resolutions By Janlee Wong, MSW

Fight Fiscal Cliff Budget Cuts The Fiscal Cliff budget cuts have been delayed but the threat remains as the revenue increases amount to only half of what’s needed for a balanced budget. NASW will be working to urge Congress to avoid devastating cuts to Medicaid, SNAP/food stamps, Medicare, SSI, Head Start, housing, WIC, education, training, community services and LIHEAP. We need your help to send a message to your Congressional representatives to minimize these cuts as much as possible.

Pass Title Protection for Social Workers MSW Assembly Members Eggman and Yamada are introducing a simple bill to reserve the title of social workers to individuals with a degree in social work from a CSWE accredited school. We need your help to convince your state representatives to support this bill. NASW will keep you up to date on the bill’s progress and let you know when to lobby the bill.

Monitor the upcoming changes to the LCSW license exam structure Starting in January 2014, the state will switch to a new exam structure that includes the national exam (Association of Social Work Boards) and a requirement that license applicants pass a law and ethics exam at the onsite of the license application process. There will be some questions with unclear answers. Stay connected to NASW to find out what is in store for LCSW applicants.

Advocate for Social Worker Job Growth NASW will continue to press for new social worker jobs in the health care reform implementation. We need your help in lobbying health care systems to consider social workers for jobs in mental health, care coordination, outreach and patient navigation. This is an ambitious agenda and made more difficult with impacts on our membership numbers. We can do it if we work together. After all, we’re all in this together. /

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SOCIAL WORK EXAM PR E P THEORIES OF PSYCHOTHERAPY The Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences

Theories/Lead Figures

Extended Family Systems:

Main Idea (Primary Concepts) Extends family systems beyond nuclear family – multigenerational.

• Virginia Satir • Carl Whitaker

Structural Family Therapy: • Salvador Minuchin

Strategic Family Therapy: • Haley • MRI • Madanes

Narrative Therapy (Post-Modern): • Michael White • David Epson

Current and extended family therapy. Long/short term.

• Murray Bowen

Experiential/ Communication:

Unit of Focus/ Length of Treatment

Primary concept is self-esteem – an innate drive either fostered or not fostered as a result of the communication and early experiences a child receives from his/her parents.

Directive, change-oriented therapy, concerned with symptoms in terms of family system dynamics – assumption that if you change the organization or structure of the family, then the family’s symptoms will be alleviated.

Family. Long term/short term.

Nuclear family only. Short/brief term.

Three main models: MRI, Haley and Madanes, the Milan Model. Relationships are characterized by a struggle for power to see who will define or redefine relationship.

Participants in the problem.

Focus on the stories of people’s lives and is based on the idea that problems are manufactured in social, cultural and political contexts. Externalize problem. Deconstruct story. Create new story.

Individuals, couples, families and groups.

Short/brief term.

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Key Terms

Differentiation of self and fusion, emotional triangle, nuclear family emotional system, emotional cutoff, sibling position, family projection process, multigenerational transmission process, genogram, family ego mass, society emotional process.

De-triangulated coaching. Supervisor.

Process of Change/Insight Insight gained through rationale/cognitive processes leading to differentiation and understanding of family of origin.

View of Maladaptive Behavior Behavioral disorders are the result of a multigenerational transmission process in which progressively lower levels of differentiation are transmitted from one generation to the next.

Interventions Stages of Treatment

Goals

Beginning: Evaluation, trans-generational exploration, identification of individualized member. Early/Middle: Teach differentiation, individuation. genogram, therapy triangle, relationship experiments, coaching and “I” statements. End: Reporting back. Closure.

Reduce the level of anxiety and alleviate symptoms. Self-differentiation within the context of the family.

Self-esteem, self, primary triad, mind, soul, body triad, maturation, seed model, threat and reward model, placating, blaming, computing, distracting. leveling, rescue games, coalition games, lethal games, growth games, sculpting, family reconstruction, labeling assets.

Active facilitator of communication and growth. Promotes spontaneity, creativity, autonomy and ability to play. Coaches and teaches.

Family possesses all resources needed for growth. Looks for suppressed feelings and emotions that block growth & fulfillment. Experiential awareness important for growth.

Dysfunctional behaviors are conceptualized as resulting from failure to fulfill one’s potential for personal growth.

Beginning: Assessment: family history/key relationship issues. Develop relationship and establish goals. Early/Middle: Treatment focuses on growth: sculpting, family reconstruction, teaching and modeling effective communication, use of metaphors, use of drama, role play, therapist use of self, art therapy, “I value you” statements, labeling. End: Provide closure.

Raise selfesteem, improve communication, growth, identify family roles and how they promote symptoms.

Family structure, subsystems, boundaries/degree of permeability, diffuse boundaries and enmeshment, rigid boundaries and disengagement, alignments, triangle, power, coalition, joining, mimesis, tracking, enactment, re-framing, unbalancing.

Active director of therapy. Promoter of change in family structure.

Behavioral change is based on action – action precedes understanding.

Individual symptomology or family dysfunction are viewed as the result of an inflexible family structure that prohibits the family from adapting.

Beginning: Acceptance of therapist by family. Evaluate/assessment. accommodating, mimicking, joining, mapping, challenging the symptom. Early/Middle: Enactment, reframing, unbalancing, redirection. Challenge the family structure. End: Review progress made. Reinforce structure and reorganization and provide tools for the future. Setting up referrals or groups.

Primary long-term goal is to “restructure” the family.

Circular questioning, neutrality, hypothesizing, complementary, double bind concept, first order change, metacommunication, paradoxical communications/ prescription, positive connotation, prescribing the system, relabeling, second order change, symmetrical.

Active, take-charge role. Power based.

Focus of therapy is on alleviating current symptoms through altering a family’s transactions and organization. Insight considered counterproductive as it increases resistance.

Focus on how communication is used to increase one’s control in a relationship. Symptom is interpersonal rather than intrapsychic. Struggles for control become pathological when control issues produce symptomatic behavior.

Beginning: Identify the problem. Plan a strategy for change. Four Stages: Social stage, problem stage, interaction stage, goal setting. Early/Middle: Direct interventions/straight directives/assignments/tasks. Paradoxical directives to change dysfunctional behavior. Circular questioning, neutrality, hypothesizing. Address power struggles within family. Relabel dysfunctional behavior. End: Terminate. Presenting problem solved.

Change occurs through actionoriented directives and paradoxical interventions.

Life stories, externalizing, who is in charge, reading between the lines, reauthoring the whole story, reinforcing the new story, de-constructing dominant cultural discourses.

Collaborative listener/ investigator reporter. Strong interest in client’s story. Uses questions.

Change and insight occur when a person’s story helps him to regain his life from a problem in the end. Process of uncovering key values, strengths and skills that lead to an alternate direction in life.

There is no one objective “truth” and there are multiple interpretations of any event. People are not their problems and can develop alternative empowering stories once they are separated from their problems.

Beginning: Assessment. Externalizing – Client tells their problem-saturated story. Therapist asks questions/encourages clients to ask questions. Early/Middle: Externalizing – the person is not the problem. Mapping the influence – problem’s effects rather than causes. Determine how problem disrupts/dominates family? Discuss examples of unique outcomes when clients could overcome problem. Reauthoring the story. Reinforcing the new story. Deconstruction. End: Document and support new story. Make referrals.

Reauthoring the whole story.

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POLITICAL ACTION

Title Protection for the New Year! By Rebecca Gonzales, Director of Government Relations and Political Affairs

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ssemblymembers Mariko Yamada, MSW and Susan Talamantes Eggman, MSW, PhD have jointly authored a bill to grant social workers who possess a degree from an accredited school of social work the right to represent himself or herself as a “social worker.” This is commonly referred to as “title protection.” Title protection has been a long-term goal of NASW-CA. We have made several attempts in the past to gain this protection, but hopefully this will be our year! For the first time, we have legislators, who are also social workers, leading the charge. With the election of Susan Eggman in November, we gained another strong advocate for title protection. We believe that our “dynamic duo” will help increase

the understanding of this issue in the legislature. Previous attempts have been stopped by conservative religious groups and more recently, county administrators who did not want to reclassify their job positions. Title protection makes sense for social workers. Doctors must have a medical degree to be called a “doctor” and nurses must have their degree in order to be called a “nurse,” so the same protection should be provided to the profession of social work. Stayed tuned! / For additional information, please contact: Rebecca Gonzales, Director of Government Relations and Political Affairs at (916) 4424565, ext. 12 or rgonzales@naswca.org.

Governor Brown Releases 2013-14 Budget By Rebecca Gonzales The big news in Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget is that California is no longer facing a budget deficit! This is due in part to the passage of Proposition 30, Brown’s tax initiative. NASW-CA endorsed Proposition 30 and contributed to the campaign as a way to help the state recover from years of budget deficits and to avoid future cuts to health and human services. Over the past three years, the state has cut $15 billion from the health and human services portion of the budget. These cuts have resulted in the loss of many social work jobs and have been devastating to social work clients. A few examples of lost services and jobs include cuts to state subsidized child care, the loss of the Adult Day Health Care program, the loss of the Healthy Families program and deep cuts to Child Welfare Services. For more information on recent cuts go to this link: www.hhsnetworkca. org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/HHSCumulative-Cuts-08-11_FINAL.pdf. The good news in the budget is that the Governor allocated new funding to the schools, higher education and to implement federal health care reform. It is also good news is that he did not propose any significant new cuts to health and human services programs. The bad news is that he did not propose any new funding for health and human services programs to help alleviate the deep cuts experienced by these programs during the state’s prolonged recession. Many legislators in Sacramento are interested in funding increases to a few select programs. High on the priority list is to once again fund adult dental in the Medi-Cal program and more funding for child care. Legislators will be looking at ways to close unnecessary tax loopholes that benefit corporations as a way to reinvest in our fractured safety net. /


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Preliminary 2013 NASW-CA Chapter

National Association of Social Workers— California Chapter Statements of Financial Position June 30, 2012 and 2011 For more information, click on www.naswca. org/associations/7989/ files/financial_ statements_ 2011-2012.pdf. You can also contact Saul Kemble, NASW-CA accountant at skemble@naswca.org.

Are You Retiring? Tips for Closing Your Private Practice Please visit the following link http://careers.socialworkers. org/documents/ RetiringaPrivatePractice.pdf 

Election Slate

STUDENT DIRECTOR NORTH (MSW) Julian Garza Nalleli Sandoval

STUDENT DIRECTOR SOUTH (BSW) Kurt Wellman additional candidate needed

REGION A DIRECTOR Shelly Kalmer Elizabeth Nobel

ASSISTANT REGIONAL DIRECTORS Region B Marvin Gross Emily Nicholl Region D North Jennifer Capitolo additional candidate needed Region D South Christopher Cole Julie Vong Region F Orange County Leslie Wind additional candidate needed Region F Inland Empire Ed Walsh additional candidate needed Region H S. Jolene Hui Lauren Permenter

COMMITTEE ON NOMINATIONS AND LEADERSHIP IDENTIFICATION Chair Joan Merdinger Evaon Wong Kim Regions A & C Representative Eileen Levy additional candidate needed Regions G, H & I Representative Lisa Gallegos Robert Holguin

MEMBERS CAN ADD THEIR NAME BY PETITION The petition process allows members to add his/her name to the slate by submitting a petition to the CCNLI within 30 days of the announcement. The petition must include signatures from at least 2 percent of the total number of chapter members with representation from each branch (about 210 signatures). Petitions are due to the Nominations Committee by February 15, 2013. To be nominated for these positions, contact naswca@naswca. org or go to www.naswca.org, click on “About Us, Run for NASW Elected Office”

WANTED– YOUR FEEDBACK!

We want to hear from you about the articles we have been running in California News as well as ideas for articles you would like to see in upcoming issues. What issues are most important to you as a social worker in California? Please let us know what you think! Send an email or call: Lisa Kopochinski, Editor California News Naswnews@naswca.org (916) 481-0265


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NASW LEGAL ISSUE OF THE MONTH

Client Records and the Death of a Social Worker

By Sherri Morgan, MSW, JD, Associate Counsel, NASW LDF and Office of Ethics & Professional Review © November 2012. National Association of Social Workers. All rights reserved. Republication of this article or portions thereof is by permission only.

Introduction Upon the occasion of a social worker’s death, the social worker’s next of kin, the executor of the will or the administrator of the social worker’s estate may face the challenging and uncertain task of tying up the business and legal affairs of the deceased, including the steps involved in closing a private practice and managing confidential mental health records. Prior legal articles have addressed issues involved in closing a social work practice due to retirement, death and disability of the social worker (Morgan, S. and Polowy, C., 2011). This legal article will focus on the obligations regarding the disposition of client records when a social worker dies. Specifically, once a social worker has died, what are the legal obligations to maintain client records? Must a social worker make arrangements for the maintenance of client files for the same period of time as if the social worker were still living?

Record Retention Laws As discussed in more detail in Social Workers and Record Retention Require-

ments (Morgan, S., Khan, A. and Polowy, C., 2010), social workers are obligated by state law to maintain client records for a specified period of time after service to the client has terminated. This varies considerably from state to state and time frames for clients who were minors are often longer than for former clients who were adults at the time of treatment. Approximately half of the states have record retention rules that are directly applicable to social workers and all states have medical records requirements. In states where there is no rule for social workers, reference to the medical records provisions may be an informative guide without creating a legal mandate. The 2010 article referenced above includes two state-by-state law charts and includes two provisions addressing the death of the licensed health care practitioner. Only one state, Florida, provides detailed requirements that specifically apply upon the death of social workers as part of the licensing rules for mental health practitioners. To view the rest of the article, please visit www.naswca.org/associations/7989/ files/2_13_legal_issue.pdf. /

Free Online Course for Professionals and Students The Intersection of Immigration Law, Its Implementation, and Social Work Practice The NASW–California Chapter offers a two-hour mixed-media (including two video segments) course that is 2 CEUs. This course is appropriate for all social work professionals and students. Please check it out today at www.socialworkweb.com/nasw under “Free Courses.” Email questions to louis@naswca.org.

2013 Medicare Changes for Clinical Social Workers Winter The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the final rule for the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on November 1, 2012. Highlights of the final rule include the following for clinical social workers: • SUSTAINABLE GROWTH RATE: Under the 1997 Balanced Budget Act of 1997’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) methodology, clinical social workers and other Medicare providers can expect a 26.5-percent reduction in fees beginning January 2013. The SGR is an annual growth rate that applies to practitioners’ services paid by Medicare. The use of the SGR is intended to control growth in Medicare expenditures for practitioner services. For the past decade, Congress has averted this reduction for Medicare providers. NASW encourages its members to contact their Congressmen and request Congress to override the required SGR reduction. Additional information about the SGR for 2013 is available online at: www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-ServicePayment/ SustainableGRatesConFact/Downloads/ sgr2013p.pdf Addendum: On January 2, 2013, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 averted the 26.5 percent payment reduction for Medicare providers in 2013. To read the rest of the article, please visit www.socialworkers.org/ assets/secured/documents/practice/ health/2013MedicareChanges.pdf /


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What Consumers Should Know About Health Reform CMHDA-CADPAAC Health Care Reform Principles

being of all Americans. This law is also called the Affordable

Jointly Adopted 12-13-12

Care Act. To find out some of the Health Reform law’s most

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n March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the comprehensive health care reform legislation promising to extend coverage to 33 million Americans—the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Of note to the behavioral health community, the ACA explicitly includes mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment, as one of 10 categories of service that must be covered as essential health benefits. Furthermore, the ACA also mandates that mental health and substance use disorder benchmark coverage must be provided at parity, compliant with the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (2008). Individuals with mental illness and substance-use disorders have the opportunity to significantly benefit from the health care law, as insufficient insurance health care coverage for these conditions has traditionally prevented countless people from obtaining needed treatment. If applied correctly, the health care reform law has the opportunity to ensure that clients, families and communities struggling with mental illness and substance use disorders have access to culturally competent prevention and treatment opportunities. Research suggests that without addressing the treatment needs of persons with serious mental health and substance use disorders, it may be very difficult to achieve the three critical healthcare reform objectives articulated by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim: • Improve the health of the population • Enhance the patient experience of care (including quality, access, and reliability) • Reduce, or at least control, the per capita cost of total health care To read the rest of this article, please click on www. naswca.org/associations/7989/files/2_13_health_care_ reform.pdf. /

The Health Reform law is important to the health and well-

important benefits, click on www.socialworkers.org/assets/ secured/documents/practice/health/hcronsumerfactsheet.pdf.

NASW has partnered with the Give an Hour Program. Your support is needed. Please help by volunteering. For more information about the program and how you can register please visit www.giveanhour.org.

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Call for 2013 NASW-CA Annual Conference Presenter Proposals

The chapter is requesting proposals for 90-minute presentations covering a broad range of topics related to clinical practice issues for experienced practitioners.

2013 NASW-CA Annual Conference Date and Location FRIDAY

October 4, 2013 Marriott Oakland City Center, Oakland, Calif. Presentation Requirements • Provides advanced-level themes taught by licensed experts (annual conference attendees have an average of 15 to 25 years of social work experience) • Offers curriculum that has been highly rated by other audiences • Includes content specific to treatment modalities • Emphasizes activities such as group discussion, vignettes, and case studies Application Deadline Please complete and submit the application before 5:00pm on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. Presenter Benefits/Travel Select presenters will receive a 30% registration fee discount and one complimentary online course totaling 6 CEUs. The chapter does not reimburse presenters for lodging, travel or any related expense. To request an application, contact Cheryl Raynak at (916) 442-4565, ext. 15 or email craynak@naswca.org.


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OPINION

How Can CCRC Residents Be Protected from Elder Abuse (in Particular, Psycho Social and Emotional Abuse) By Lillian L. Hyatt, MSW, a resident of a CCRC and AARP Policy Specialists on CCRCs

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lthough the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report is almost a decade old, psycho social and emotional abuse is a subject that rarely— if ever—is addressed. This column will discuss why this condition exists, that CCRC corporations are never called to account for this behavior, and how they use it against the residents in their care. “Psycho social” and “emotional abuse” are defined in a medical dictionary as a form of mistreatment in which there is intent to cause mental or emotional pain or injury, together with infantilization, insults and threats of institutionalization. This behavior can result in stress, anxiety, social withdrawal and depression. A flagrant, personal example of this

behavior follows. My legitimate food needs due to a condition called Cricopharyngeal spasms had been ignored by the staff. I was told that I could not receive the pureed foods I required in my apartment and must move into the skilled nursing facility (SNF) in order to have this request honored. In essence, I was threatened with institutionalization because I had a swallowing disorder. At the time I was still driving a car, involved in complex community work, and managing all the activities of daily living on my own. It should be noted that a move to the SNF would have resulted in a financial windfall for the corporation, since I had spent a substantial sum of money to

considerably improve my apartment to accommodate a severely disabled person, should I have the future need. This was done when I initially moved into the CCRC. / To view the entire article, please visit www.naswca.org/associations/7989/files/ hyatt0213.pdf. To request a printed copy of this article, please email naswnews@ naswca.org.  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. Professor Hyatt can be seen at www.youtube.com. Search for Lillian Hyatt.

No Way Out

California urgently needs to expand Money Follow the Person and give low-income seniors forced to reside in nursing homes the right to receive care in the settings of their choice. By Jason Bloome For many social workers and other care professionals it is a daily task: find care housing for elderly patients on Medi-Cal who need 24-hour assistance, but who no longer can return safely home. Options for low-income patients in California who require 24-hour care is usually limited to Medi-Cal reimbursed skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). While SNFs are ideal for patients with skilled nursing needs (e.g., require help with wound care, g-tubes, IVs, tracheostomies, etc.) many seniors with only custodial care needs (help with dressing, bathing, incontinence, help out of bed, etc.) would prefer to receive their care in smaller residential care settings, also called Residential Care Homes

for the Elderly (RCFEs), which are less institutional and have high staff to resident ratios (usually two staff to four to six residents). Unfortunately, despite a federal law to the contrary, most lowincome seniors are denied this option in California. In 1999, the United States Supreme Court passed the Olmstead decision, which mandates states provide community-based options for persons with disabilities at risk of institutionalization. States implement Olmstead by using a combination of Medicaid waivers to pay for assisted living settings. To read the rest of the article, please visit www.naswca.org/associations/7989/ files/2_13_bloome_opinion.pdf. /

Jason Bloome is the owner of Connections Referral Service, a placement service for care housing in Southern California. For more about Connections and our Olmstead Now Campaign, please visit www.carehomefinders.com.


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Past Problems and a New Game in Sacramento By Dr. James Patrick Mace In the November/December 2012 issue of California News, Dr. Dick Richards took exception to one of my previous columns. I appreciate that Dr. Richards would take the time to respond. He writes: “The Democratic controlled legislation has dismally failed to take necessary actions and make hard decisions to increase revenues, decrease expenditures, cut/reduce some services and pass a balanced budget.” (Emphasis added) This letter provides an opportunity not only to reply to Dr. Richards but to also elucidate statement shows a lack of understanding of the constitutional rules that govern the Legislature because the statement is just not true. The California Constitution states that any tax increase must be ratified by a two-thirds majority of both houses of the California Legislature. Before the November 2012 election, there were 39 members in the Senate (25 Democrats and 14 Republicans) and 79 members in the Assembly (52 Democrats and 27 Republicans). Bills that require an appropriation or that take effect immediately, required a super majority of 27 votes in the Senate and 54 votes in the Assembly to be passed. Other bills only require simple majorities of 21 votes in the Senate and 41 votes in the Assembly. Any attempts by the Democrats to increase revenues to balance the budget

were blocked by a well-organized Republican minority. The Democrats did not have enough votes to “increase revenues” (raise taxes) and it was impossible to get two moderate Republicans in the Senate and Assembly to vote with them? All the Republicans in the Senate and Assembly signed the Grover Norquist pledge to never increase taxes. The Democrat majority in the California Legislature could not “increase revenues” or “pass a budget” because they were consistently blocked by the Republicans. This happened year after year and created a situation where taxes can be lowered when times are good, but cannot be increased when times are bad. As a result, the legislature and the Democrat governor made huge cuts to public services to keep a balanced state budget without increasing revenues. Social workers, teachers, police, firefighters and other government employees are being laid off. K-12 class sizes are being increased. College tuition and other student costs are increased. Health care for children has been cut or eliminated. Funding for mental health programs has been slashed. Support for older adults and low-income families is eliminated or seriously reduced. Put very simply, this occurred because Republicans in the State Senate and the Assembly refused to vote for increased revenues to stave off

the cuts to state programs. However, all of this is about to change. California Democrats now have a super majority in both the Senate and in the State Assembly. This has not happened since 1883. They have enough Democrats in both the Assembly and the Senate to overrule the objections of Republicans to raising revenues. There also is a sitting governor to sign the legislation they pass. This is important for social work in California. Our legislative efforts rely heavily on support from Democrat legislators. In the Assembly, Democrats support NASW positions on legislation 98 percent of the time, compared with only 33 percent support from Republicans. We now have a unique opportunity to get NASW supported legislation passed and hopefully regain funding to make for the losses that have affected our clients so dramatically since the beginning of the economic crisis of 2008. We now have a chance to improve social services for everyone in California. All social workers should contact their state legislator to let them know how important it is to restore funding to California education, public safety, physical infrastructure, and social services programs. We need to strongly support refunding our social service programs. It is not a time to be timid about expressing our social work values. /

NATIVE AMERICAN SOCIAL WORK STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM Now Accepting Applications from February to May 31, 2013

$1,000 Scholarships are Available to Native American Social Work Students Please go to the following link for more information and to apply online: http://naswca.affiniscape.com/displayemailforms.cfm?emailformnbr=190284


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WorkWiSE Learning eCourses—flexible, interactive with a personal touch.  Early bird rates. Visit workwiselearning.com. Self-care eDiscussion based on “Search Inside Yourself” by Chade-Meng Tan (Noncredit) – begins February 16; 10 weeks; $79-$99; Ethical Imperative of Helper Self-Care (10 CEUs) – begins February 21; 3 weeks; $159-$199; Flourishing at Work: How to Create Spirit at Work (18 CEUs) – begins February 28; 6 weeks; $289-$359; (re) Constructing Well-Being (16 CEUs) – begins March 14; 8 weeks; $239-$299; Introduction to Mindfulness (12 CEUs) – begins April 18; 6 weeks; $189-$239: CA BSS approved CE provider (# PCE 5258)

Santa Monica Office: newly constructed psychotherapy office in a residential setting (garden, picket fence, high hedges, trees) with a total of 9 offices. Office description 14’6” x 12’4” large windows soundproofing hardwood floors built in desk, wet bar, refrigerator, filing cabinets built in bookcase and storage cabinets call light system $1050 per month (parking not included but available) Edward A. Dreyfus, Ph.D. 1421 Santa Monica Blvd Santa Monica, CA 900404 (310) 208-5700 ead@docdreyfus.com La Jolla: Flex-time therapy rooms and private workspaces, lobby, receptionist, mail, phone, appointment scheduling, billing, Wi-Fi, hourly packages. Former home of Carl Rogers’ Western Behavioral Sciences Institute and current Rogers’ library. Call Tom at (858) 222-8800.

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NOW SEEKING CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKERS

This is a noble cause and a meaningful and rewarding endeavor. As a California State employee, you will also enjoy one of the best benefits and retirement programs anywhere. We are looking for individuals who possess a valid license with two to four years of clinical experience.

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Monthly Salary Range (board certified) $6,801-$7,739

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Contact us at: MedCareers@cdcr.ca.gov or 1-877-793-HIRE (4473) Learn more at: ChangingPrisonHealthCare.org *Through June 30, 2013, full-time employees’ monthly pay will be reduced by 4.62% in exchange for eight (8) hours of leave. Part-time employees shall be subject to the pay reduction on a pro-rated basis consistent with their time base. The salary above does not reflect this reduction. EOE

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REGION REPORTS book at www.facebook.com/NASWCaRegionA.SFtoDN.

San Francisco Unit Report By Mark Thoma

REGION A

San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, Del Norte CONTACTS

Director Shelly Kalmer NASWRegionA@gmail.com Assistant Director Mark Thoma, EdD, MSW ThomaMSW@gmail.com Mendocino Unit Contact Nancy Nanna carrianna@saber.net Sonoma Unit Chair Daniela Bravo NASWSonomaunit@gmail.com Carla Schwartz NASWSonomaunit@gmail.com

Region A Report By Shelly Kalmer

The Region A Social Work Month celebration is taking shape and we are excited to invite all members, family and friends to join us on March 8 from 8:30am to 2:00pm for a CEU event and awards luncheon in the beautiful Key Room at Homeward Bound of Marin. Homeward Bound is Marin County’s chief provider of shelter and residential services for homeless families and individuals. We are proud to be partnering with such an important and respected social service organization. The Region A event kicks off with a three-hour (3 CEUs) presentation by Dimas Moncada, Jr., MSW, LCSW, on Adherence (vs. Compliance) when working with clients and patients for more successful treatment and care plans. Following Moncada’s presentation, participants will be honored with a lunch prepared by the students of the Fresh Starts Culinary Academy. The Academy stands at the center of Homeward Bound’s job-training program. Operated as a partnership with the Marin County Office of Education’s Regional Occupation Program, the academy opened in 2000 at New Beginnings Center. During the lunch, we recognize and honor two local social workers and a local citizen for their commitment to the profession and the people we serve. To stay up-to-date with Region A info about this exciting event and more, like us on Face-

From the San Francisco unit, Gong hey fat choy! Our unit will be collaborating with our other Region A units to host a regionwide CEU event and Social Work Month celebration on March 8 (see Shelly Kalmer’s message above). This event is an opportunity to come together for professional development and celebrating. The San Francisco unit will host three more CEU and networking events in 2013. Volunteers are meeting for planning as this newsletter goes to print. Watch for more information in CalSwift and the newsletter. To be added to the San Francisco unit contact list, please send an email to Mark Thoma at thomamsw@ gmail.com. Suggestions for professional education topics are welcome. See you in March!

REGION B

San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo CONTACTS

Director Glenn Thomas, LCSW, BCD

glennthomas@loveandencourage.com Assistant Director Marvin Gross

marvlus@sbcglobal.net Central Coast Unit Lynne White Dixon, LCSW

lwdixon@sbcglobal.net Silicon Valley Unit Chris Lum

christopherglum@gmail.com Alternate Director Amy Gregor amy.gregor@va.gov San Luis Obispo Unit Ly-Lan M.V. Lofgren, MSW, LCSW

LyLanMVLofgren@gmail.com San Mateo Unit Suh-Liang Ou suhliangou@yahoo.com

REGION C

Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, Solano CONTACTS

Regional Director Natasha Paddock

regioncdirector@yahoo.com Assistant Director Rachelle Jackson

mzjaxon@hotmail.com Student Representatives University of California at Berkeley Nina Hausman nina.hausman@gmail.com California State University, East Bay Donald Rodriguez drodriguez36@horizon.csueastbay.edu Ashley Carrion ashleycarrion@yahoo.com

REGION D

Central Valley: Chico, Kern, Fresno, Merced, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus; Sierra Foothills: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Tuolumne CONTACTS

Regional Director Tracy Kelly Harrison NASWRegionD@hotmail.com Alternate Director South Charleen Bright charleen.bright@cdcr.ca.gov Financial Chair Laurie Pence lpence@robla.12.ca.us Chico Unit Chair Christina Wong, LCSW naswcachico@yahoo.com Kern Unit Co-chair Evelyn Eterno eeterno@co.kern.ca.us Northern Gateway Susan Thompson sthompsonlcsw@att.net Sierra Foothills Chair Andrea Hayes ndzbiz@sbcglobal.net Stanislaus Chair Kathy Sniffen, MSW kasniffen@sbcglobal.net

Central Valley Unit By Lupita Serrano

The newly formed NASW Central Valley is proud to present a co-sponsored CEU training: “Critical Role of Families in Preventing Suicide and Other Risks and Promoting Well-Being for LGBT Youth” by Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Director of the Family Acceptance Project.  This full-day event is scheduled for Friday, March 1, 2013, from 9:00am to 4:30pm at the CSU Stanislaus Event Center located at 1 University Circle in Turlock, Calif. The cost is $55 general admission/$25 students.  This promises to be an interesting and highly relevant topic for our community. We are very excited about this event and hope to have you join us.  Space is limited so please register early! You may use this link to register: www.naswca.org/cde. cfm?event=398539.

REGION E

San Diego, Imperial CONTACTS

Director Jennifer Tinsley, MSW naswcaregione@gmail.com Assistant Director Bera K. Sekhon, MSW ad.regione.nasw@gmail.com

Region E Report By Jennifer Tinsley

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REGION REPORTS selected this year’s Social Work Month award winners. This year’s Region E Social Work Awards Dinner is scheduled for March 15. To purchase tickets, go to cde. cfm?event=397998).  Awards include Lifetime Achievement, Social Worker of the Year, Public Citizen of the Year Student of the Year, Educator of the Year, and Organization of the Year. Region E is excited that NASW New Professionals Network (NPN) is expanding to the San Diego and Imperial County area.  There have been several planning meetings that have taken place. For more information about Region E and events, please email naswcaregione@ gmail.com. For more information about NPN-SD, email naswcanpnsd@gmail.com. Join our Facebook groups: Region E NASW: San Diego and Imperial Valley: www. facebook.com/NASWCA.NPNSD?ref=ts&fref=ts#!/ groups/NASWCA.RegE/?fref=ts and New Professionals Network-San Diego: https://www.facebook.com/NASWCA.NPNSD?ref=ts&fref=ts

REGION F

San Bernardino/Riverside, Orange County, Palm Desert CONTACTS

Director Cameron Galford, LCSW, BCD cgalford@naswdesertcities.com Assistant Directors John Forand, LCSW jforand@dc.rr.com Leslie Wind, PhD, LCSW wind@usc.edu Palm Springs Unit Chair Peter Shorts, MSW pcs.socialwork@yahoo.com High Desert Unit Chair Kimberly Cox, MSW, LCSW profiler2k@msn.com Inland Empire Unit Chair Julie Griffin, MSW jg10172003@yahoo.com Orange County Unit Chair Leslie Wind, PhD, LCSW wind@usc.edu

Palm Springs/Desert Cities Unit By Katrina Bullard, MSW

Please join us for our meeting on Thursday, March 7, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Bistro Room at the Mirage Inn located at 72750 Country Club Drive in Rancho Mirage. Come enjoy networking with fellow social workers. For presentation information, contact Unit Chair Peter Shorts, MSW, at (760) 902-4961 pcs.socialwork@yahoo.com.

Orange County Unit By Leslie Wind

The Region F Orange County Unit is pleased to celebrate Social Work Month on Saturday, March 16 from 9:00am to noon, where we will announce our Social Worker of the Year! We will also have CEU training by USC faculty member and 2011 Social Worker of the Year, Pat Lenahan, who will present “Upcoming Changes in the DSM-5.” Then, please plan to join us for our next CEU event on May 25 from 9:00am to noon, presented by OC Accept’s

Hieu Nguyen and entitled “Working with LGBTQ Youth.” Both events will be held at the USC School of Social Work Orange County Academic Center, located at 2300 Michelson Drive, Irvine 92612.  The events are FREE to social work students. NASW Members: $10; nonmembers: $25. Each presentation includes 3.0 CEUs and a continental breakfast. To RSVP, please email Dr. Leslie Wind at wind@ usc.edu. Also visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ NASW.OrangeCounty.

REGION G

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

Director Jerry Lawrie jerrylawrie@yahoo.com Assistant Director Debbie Allen debbielcsw@gmail.com Santa Barbara Unit Kimiko Kuroda, MSW kimikokuroda@gmail.com San Fernando Valley Unit Co-Chairs Judith M. Harris, LCSW jmharrislcsw@sbcglobal.net Ventura County Unit Maryellen Benedetto marbobben@aol.com

San Fernando Valley Unit Report By Judith M. Harris, LCSW, Unit Chair

At our January 13, 2013 planning meeting, members agreed to start planning a Social Work Month celebration for March, similar to the one held last year at the Beverly Garland Hotel. This year, SFVLU plans to offer CEUs to attendees. We continued planning this event on February 3 at a Super Bowl Preview Meeting, sharing Super Bowl snacks and staying afterward to watch the game!  Look for e-blasts, and look for announcements in CalSwift, California News, on Facebook and LinkedIn for future planning meetings and information about SFVLU’s Social Work Month celebration.

Ventura Unit Report

By Adele Fergusson, LCSW

Region G Ventura has a once monthly planning meeting, all NASW members are welcome to attend. In 2013, we are changing our location for this monthly meeting but not the day nor the time. We will continue to meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm. We will now be meeting at Panera Bread located at 4910 Telephone Road, Ventura, Calif. 93003. For any questions, please contact me at (805) 650-6939 or at adelefergusson@yahoo.com.

REGION H

West Los Angeles and Beach Cities CONTACTS

Director Sarah Cummings sarahaustinc@gmail.com Regional Alternative Director Jolen Hui

s.jolene.hui@gmail.com

REGION I

San Gabriel Valley, East LA, and South Bay – Long Beach CONTACTS

Director Paul McDonough paultmcdonough@gmail.com Assistant Director Shammeer Sorrell shammeer.dawson@gmail.com Long Beach/South Unit Chair Dr. Brian Lam brian.lam@.csulb.edu Visit http://www.naswca.org/displaycommon. cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=125


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FA C E B O O K L I N K S

COUNCILS

Regions and Units

WOMEN’S COUNCIL

Region A https://www.facebook.com/NASWCaRegionA. SFtoDN

By Marilyn Montenegro

Region B San Luis Obispo www.facebook.com/pages/NASW-San-LuisObispo-County-CA/210534319026378 Region C www.facebook.com/pages/NASWRegion-C/129624850402761 Silicon Valley Unit www.facebook.com/ groups/316727771773901/#!/ groups/178032362231010/?fref=ts Region D Chico Unit www.facebook.com/groups/NASWChicoUnit/ Region E www.facebook.com/groups/NASWCA.RegE/ Region F Desert Cities and Riverside County Unit www.facebook.com/groups/164034033663929/

Keeping It Real Betty fled to skid row when the dealer threatened to break her legs unless she paid thousands of dollars she owed. When I saw her, she had been drug free for seven days, had a case manager and was staying in a shelter. I was happy for her. Finally she was accessing some services (California ID, physical and mental health, permanent housing). Because she was homeless, she could be fast-tracked for low-cost housing, which usually takes years. From my social work perspective, things were going well. But then she said: “This is too hard, my knees hurt, someone stole my cane, what do they want? I stopped using a long time ago—over a week. They put me on the list for housing, but then I heard it takes three or four months. I can’t wait that long. I’m trying to do right and nobody is helping me. They wake us at 5:00am and bus us to skid row at 6:30pm. We have to carry everything we own. I missed the pick up and spent one cold night on the street. I am still being punished for what I did before.” And then in despair I pondered the gap between our perspectives and my failure to start where the client is. What if we could provide services that actually met our clients’ needs immediately when needed? / The Women’s Council discusses the ethics of social work practice at bimonthly meetings. Call (800) 538-2565, ext. 57 or email womenscouncil@sbcglobal.net or mujerista@All2Easy.net.

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IN MEMORIAM

Rueben Pannor Dies at 90: Expert in the field of adoptions Rueben Pannor made significant contributions in adoption agencies regarding open adoptions and the rights of birth parents. His work on The Adoption Triangle is widely recognized and respected in the field of adoptions. A pioneer in open adoptions, he gave voice to the need for an open relationship between birth parents, adoptive parents and adopted children. Pannor also worked with young parents and was an advocate for unmarried fathers. He served as the director of community services in Los Angeles County at Vista del Mar ChildCare services. He is survived by his wife Sydell, three children, and grandchildren. His son Jonathan is also a social worker. More information can be found at http:// articles.latimes.com/2013/jan/01/local/lame-reuben-pannor-20130101


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February 2013

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NASW California Social Work Awards 2013 Social Worker of the Year Public Citizen of the Year Lifetime Achievement

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