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National Association of Social Workers


September 2010 • Volume 37, Number 1

Student Debt and Help for Graduates


raduates who aren’t earning enough to pay back their student loan payments could have relief with changes that took effect July 1, 2010. Based on income and family size, the repayment program allows federal student loan borrowers to have their loan payments reduced. This means that for more eligible borrowers, loan payments could be less than 10 percent of their income. Additionally, two program updates could lower payments further for some borrowers. For married couples, they will no longer be penalized. Previously, when couples filed jointly, the program

assumed that both spouses could use 100 percent of their combined income to make loan payments. In cases where both partners had student loans, the minimum payments were much higher than the minimum for unmarried borrowers with the same debt and income. The new formula will take into account married couples’ combined income and their combined debt to calculate minimum payments. More information about income-based repayment can be found at Call your lender immediately if you are having trouble paying back your loan. You might be able to qualify for deferment, forbearance or another form of payment relief. And remember, take action before you accrue fees as this could affect your eligibility for payment relief or loan forgiveness programs. A great resource for more information can be found at http://www.usatoday. com/money/perfi/columnist/block/.

Register for the Annual Conference Today! There is still time to register for the 2010 NASW-CA Annual Conference taking place on October 8-9 at the LAX Westin. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to attend classes, network and expand your career path. Don’t delay as the registration deadline is September 17 and classes are filling up! Visit for complete conference details.

Loan Forgiveness for Social Workers NASW is promoting loan forgiveness for social workers as part of its ongoing work to improve working conditions, salaries and other benefits for members of the profession and to ensure that consumers have access to qualified professionals. NASW will continue its support for proposals to provide loan forgiveness for social workers in child welfare and schools, while also working to secure loan forgiveness and other educational supports for social workers in other practice areas. For more information, visit loanforgiveness/default.asp. Two recently passed bills that offer loan forgiveness for social workers are the Higher Education Act and the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007. You can find out if you are eligible for these programs by contacting the Federal Student Aid Information Center at (800) 433-3243. It is important to note that NASW does not determine loan forgiveness eligibility, nor does NASW disperse loan forgiveness funds; however, NASW does offer scholarships. For information about scholarships, visit www. /

In This Issue

LPCC Information .................................. 4

Professional Development ..................... 6

President’s Message ............................. 2

NASW Announcements ......................... 4

Political Action/Advocacy ...................... 8

Executive Director’s Message ................ 3

Call for Nominations .............................. 5

Council/Regional Activities .................. 14


Vol. 37, No. 1 NASW California News

September 2010


Call for Reflection and Action By Mary Kay Oliveri, MSW, LCSW, Diplomate in Clinical Social Work

“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. — Jane Addams (1860-1935)


he end of summer and the beginning of the fall moves us into another tough budget year and challenging election cycle on local, state and national levels. We continue to face a growing need for social support, services and action. More so as job gains do not keep pace with job losses, classrooms swell in size as the ability to hire teachers shrinks, overcrowding in our jails persists with most inmates really needing mental health and substance abuse intervention along with basic services, while children remain at risk in families struggling to survive, and we struggle as a state and nation to truly ensure equal rights and fairness to our citizens and to those who seek citizenship. I ask that you, as members of NASW and as social workers, do three things in this election cycle. I ask first that you organize your lives in such a way that you actually vote in all of the upcoming elec-

tions. I also ask that you study the issues that we face, considering social work values, ethics and constituents as you make decisions. The California Chapter website has an excellent set of materials under the government relations section ( cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=111); there are more resources available on the national website (; and in the publication, Social Work Speaks, available through NASW Press ( default.asp). And, third, I ask that you become involved in some action, small or large, around one of the issues in this election cycle that really concerns you. This action may be in support of a candidate, position, program, or human rights concern. Simply have a conversation, take a position, or a step that in some way puts your ideas into action. I also hope to see many of you at the Annual California NASW Conference

“The good social worker doesn’t go on mechanically helping people out of a ditch. Pretty soon, she begins to find out what ought to be done to get rid of the ditch.” —Mary Richmond (1861-1928)

on October 8 to 9 here in Los Angeles. And please join me in celebrating our distinguished awardees from this past year in addition to those social workers who will be placed in the “Hall of Distinction.” These social workers represent personal lives of reflection, courage and action, the best of what each of us does every day. I look forward to seeing you at the annual conference in the fall. /



Board of Directors Officers 2010-2011 PRESIDENT


Christine Ford, LCSW TREASURER

Emily Nicholls, LCSW SECRETARY




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The Economic Ship By Janlee Wong, MSW


resident Reagan popularized the economic theory of “supply side” in justifying his quest for tax cuts. If investors and business have more money through tax cuts to invest in money making ventures, then the economic growth would generate more jobs. Many criticized this theory as “trickle down” economics because it would allow the rich to get richer and little benefit for the poor. The term “demand siders” has been coined to describe recent efforts to encourage economic growth (to get us

out of the recession) by stimulus spending. It’s essentially putting money in the hands of those who would spend it. The idea behind spending (whether by government, individuals or businesses) is to generate economic activity that could lead to economic growth. The catch to stimulus spending is the government usually has to borrow money to spend it (through sales of U.S. Treasury bonds and securities). Budget hawks have blasted this approach as creating enormous debt that, in the long run, will sink the American ship.


Remembering Joe Solis


oe Solis, field work consultant at the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare, passed away April 15, 2010 at the age of 71. At UC Berkeley, Solis recruited hundreds of Latino students into the graduate program. He founded the Latino Child Mental Health Program and helped develop the Intercambio Program between UC Berkeley and the Universidad de Guadalajara. UC Berkeley students traveled to Mexico and learned directly from migrant families. Joe was also key to the creation of La Familia Counseling Service and La Clinica de la Raza. Solis won the Berkeley Citation in 1991 for achievements in social welfare, and service to the Berkeley campus. Solis received a MSW from UC Berkeley in 1953 and served in the U.S. Army where he was stationed at a military prison at Ft. Leavenworth. Donations in Solis’ memory may be made to UC Regents (notation to Solis Family Fellowship). Please send to: UC Berkeley, School of Social Welfare 120 Haviland Hall #7400, Berkeley, CA 94720-7400 Publication of an advertisement does not constitute endorsement or approval by NASW of any product or services advertised, any point of view, standard, or opinion presented therein. NASW is not responsible for any claims made in an advertisement appearing in its publications.

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Social work isn’t on the leading edge of economic growth, but rather trails behind picking up those left behind by the economy. Critics of “demand siders” forecast this eventual bankruptcy and oppose all new spending. They demand spending cuts to reduce debt. Both demand and supply siders agree that the key to good fiscal health is to generate economic growth. Social work, however, isn’t on the leading edge of economic growth, but rather trails behind picking up those left behind by the economy. Our goal is not to slow the economic ship but to make it large enough so more can climb aboard. /

CORRECTION In the July/August issue of California News, we inadvertently included the incorrect name of the social work student referenced in the fourth paragraph of the President’s Message by Mary Kay Oliveri. The student is Lynn Robnett, rather than Mary Richmond. We apologize for this oversight.


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September 2010




NASW Calls Proposition 8 Decision “A Great Day in the Struggle for Human Rights”

Student Director South Chapter Board of Directors

NASW lauds the recent decision to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage in California. “It’s a great day in the struggle for human rights,” says NASW President James Kelly, PhD, ACSW. “The decision in the U.S. District Court marks a major milestone in our country’s march toward full equality for all.” NASW is a long-time advocate for marriage equality. NASW’s support for the rights of same-sex couples to marry and have equal recognition of familial rights is based on the NASW Code of Ethics’ prohibition on discrimination based on sexual orientation and social workers’ traditional advocacy for exploited and vulnerable people. NASW’s policy statements support advocacy for equal rights for gay and lesbian people (NASW, 2009) and the NASW board of directors specifically re-affirmed the association’s support for same-sex marriage in 2004 (NASW, June 2004). For more information, visit pressroom/2010/080610.asp.

2010 Medicare Changes for Clinical Social Workers NASW published a new practice update entitled “2010 Medicare Changes for Clinical Social Workers.” The link is documents/practice/clinical/Practice update2010medicarechanges.pdf.

National NASW Credential for Clinical Social Work Supervisors The NASW Credentialing Center has begun an “initial discussion” on the feasibility of creating a clinical social work supervisor credential. For more information, contact Bekki Ow-Ärhus, at

BBS Considers Changes to the LCSW Exam Process The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) is considering requiring pre-licensure applicants (ASWs) to take and pass a law and ethics exam in the first three years of their registration. For more information on this proposal, go to page 10 in the following document: pdf/agen_notice/2010/0610_licexam_ mtg_material.pdf.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) Information


enate Bill (SB) 788 was signed by the Governor in October 2009. This legislation establishes a new license category of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC), to be regulated by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). BBS staff is working hard to establish the framework for this program, including developing regulations, developing an examination program, creating forms and publications and more. This work must take place before the Board can provide more specific information beyond what is currently available.

Timelines • Authorizes acceptance of LPCC “grandparent” applications between 1/1/2011 and 6/30/2011. • Authorizes acceptance of LPCC applications from those holding an equivalent license in another state on 1/1/2011. • Authorizes acceptance of LPCC Intern applications on 1/1/2011. • Authorizes acceptance of LPCC “examination eligibility” (regular licensure) applications on 1/1/2012. For more information visit the Board’s website at

Jennifer Haller, MSW

Jen Haller with her husband and two children.


pon moving to San Diego in 2008, I gave up a successful 15-year career in advertising and production. Not one to sit around, I decided to volunteer at a local children’s organization. The first night of training was led by a very outgoing, passionate and seemingly fulfilled social worker. It was then that I experienced a true “aha” moment. I wanted to be a social worker! I formed a friendship with this very social worker who provided insight into what needed to happen. Graduate school. What? I had graduated from the University of Arizona in 1993; how could I possibly go back now? Despite my obvious fears, I dove head first into the pursuit of my newfound calling. As luck would have it, the USC School of Social Work was opening a brand new campus in Rancho Bernardo and was recruiting for the fall semester. I applied, got in and began my journey. Year one was crazy! I hadn’t written a formal paper in 16 years, and what the heck was APA (American Psychological Association) format for research papers? I joined NASW in 2009 as my field instructor said it would be ridiculous not to. What a fabulous way to meet likeminded people who have the same agenda that I do! Being elected to the board of directors in 2010 was an added bonus. I look forward to being a part of NASW for many years and hope my involvement will somehow lead to employment after graduation in May 2011. / For students interested in contacting Jen, please e-mail

Vol. 37, No. 1 NASW California News

September 2010


Call for Nominations 2011 Chapter Elections NASW is member driven through a democratically elected Board of Directors. Candidates for the elected positions are nominated by the democratically elected Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (CNLI). Serving as an elected leader of NASW, not only allows a social worker to give back to the profession, but also provides valuable training, experience and networking opportunities. The Chapter holds elections every year with about one third of the elected positions open for nomination (most positions are three-year terms). The time commitment for those on the Board of Directors is about four meetings a year throughout the state. The Chapter covers the cost of travel, room and board for these meetings.

Positions Open for Nominations (Nominations close November 30, 2010 but may be extended if nominations are insufficient) President Elect




Regional Director Region C

Regional Director Region I

Vice President for Membership

Assistant Regional Director C

Assistant Regional Director I

Vice President for Legislative and Political Affairs


Student Director North MSW

Regional Director Region E

Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification Region G, H and I (same position as Region H and G)

Student Director South BSW

Assistant Regional Director E

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REGION G Regional Director Region G

REGIONAL POSITIONS Region A Regional Director Region A Assistant Regional Director A

Assistant Regional Director G (N) Assistant Regional Director G (S)

COMMITTEE ON NOMINATIONS AND LEADERSHIP IDENTIFICATION (CNLI) Chair (statewide) Regions A and C Representative Regions G, H and I Representative

REGION H Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification Region G, H and I (same position as Region G and I)

For a description of the positions, go to

If you would like to submit the name of a candidate (including yourself) go to Questions? Contact the CNLI by emailing

California Fingerprint Requirement for Licensees and Registrants As a result of the adoption of new regulations, all licensees and registrants who have previously not submitted fingerprints as a condition of licensure or registration for the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), or for whom fingerprints do not exist in the DOJ’s criminal offender record identification database, must do so prior to their next renewal date occurring on or after October 31, 2009. Failure to comply with this requirement can result in disciplinary action or the issuance of a fine of up to $5,000. For complete details and answers to frequently asked questions, visit the BBS website at licensee_fingerprint_requirement.shtml.


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DC Meeting Cover Key Topics By Daniel McCarthy

As a member of the California Association of School Social Workers and NASW-CA School Social Work Council, I just returned from attending the School Social Work Association of America Leadership and Legislative Institute in Washington, DC along with representatives from 24 state associations. We had meetings with the staff of our California House and Senate members. Among the topics discussed were:

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a. Conform and change the terminology of Pupil Services Personnel to “Specialized Instructional Support Personnel.” b. Establish the Office of Specialized Instructional Support Services in the U.S. Dept. of Education. c. Fully integrate specialized instructional support personnel into the general education system. d. Identify students with academic and behavioral challenges early and provide targeted interventions before considering a referral for special education services. e. Require schools to assure the availability of social and mental health services for students as part of the school improvement plan.

Increased Student Achievement Through Increased Student Support Act This legislation’s purpose is to increase the number of school social workers, school counselors and school psychologists in areas served by low-income school districts. Support to the continuance and expansion of the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program. “School counseling services” are provided by school social workers, school counselors and school psychologist to address barriers to learning and promote a safe learning environment. Support for the Education Jobs Fund that would provide $10 billion to maintain and prevent further losses of educationrelated jobs. Daniel McCarthy is a member of the California Association of School Social Workers and the NASW-CA School Social Work Council. He can be reached at mccarthynm

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


s I write this article, the legislative year is coming to a close. The Legislature is completing its final fiscal hearings and most bills only have a few more steps before they land on the Governor’s desk. The final deadline to pass legislation in the Legislature is August 31. September 30 is the last day for the Governor to sign or veto bills passed by the Legislature. Our sponsored bill, AB 2167 (Nava), has been passed by the Legislature and is on the Governor’s desk awaiting his signature. This bill allows social workers to take the National Exam for licensure, which will allow California LCSWs to be eligible for the federal National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment program. This program pays back student loans for social workers who work in unserved and underserved areas. So far, we have only received two “no� votes,

so this bill is in good shape as it awaits gubernatorial action. The Board of Behavioral Sciences is in support of our bill and we have no formal opposition. SB 543 (Leno), Mental Health Services for At-risk Youth, moved off the inactive file and passed the Legislature on August 30. It is now making its way to the Governor’s desk. This bill was stalled for months, but we worked with our coalition partners to get the bill moving again. SB 543 (Leno) removes barriers to proving mental health services to youth by allowing youth ages 12 to 17 years to consent to mental health treatment or counseling if the attending professional believes the youth is mature enough to participate intelligently in the services. SB 543 helps ensure that youth do not have to wait until their mental health situations become dire and their safety is compromised by suicide, substance abuse or violence to

receive services. Our other co-sponsored bill, AB 2114 (Beall), The Elder Economic Dignity Act of 2010, did not make it out of the Senate Appropriations Committee due to cost concerns. This bill would have directed the use the Elder Economic Security Standard™ Index (Elder Index) to provide a better measure of poverty to plan for the needs of California’s growing aging population. The Elder Index is a new tool that accurately quantifies the annual cost of meeting basic needs for retired, older adults in each California county. If you would like to see the current status of these measures, visit www.leginfo. and go to “Bill Informationâ€? and type in the desired bill number. You can also wait until next month and read the final outcome of these and other measures in the California News. Please also visit the following site, http://, to see the latest legislative alerts and to send a letter to your representative for state and federal legislation. /

State Budget Update By Rebecca Gonzales


opefully, by the time this newsletter is published, we will have a state budget! At this point, the Legislature just returned from its summer recess and the Senate and Assembly Democrats have introduced a new budget proposal to bridge the $19-billion budget gap.



The Democrats’ plan does avoid most of the most onerous cuts to schools and social services by proposing several new tax increases, including an oil extraction tax and a delay of the corporate tax cuts that were passed in the February 2009 budget. The plan also proposes to increase the personal income tax rates by 1 percent for 2010, on all but the richest taxpayers, and to increase the vehicle license fee by a one-half percentage point. These increases are partnered with a decrease in the state sales tax. The thought is that taxpayers will come out ahead because the personal income tax and the vehicle license fee are deductible from federal taxes. One problem with this argument is that most low- and middle-income taxpayers do not itemize so they would not benefit from deductibility. The Governor and the Legislative Republicans declared their opposition to this proposal after its unveiling. It appears that the budget will remain unsettled for a while longer but once the legislative session ends on August 31, there will be pressure to settle the budget because Legislators will want to return home for the campaign season. Stay tuned! /

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Proposition 8 Is Struck Down by the Courts! By Rebecca Gonzales


n August 4, U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled that Proposition 8, which outlawed gay marriage, violates the federal constitutional rights of gay and lesbians to marry the person of their choice. NASW-CA worked diligently to defeat Proposition 8 so we are celebrating the judge’s decision. Some are seeing this as an activist judge who is ruling against the will of the people. We must remember that the courts are the third branch of government and an important check and balance to the legislative and executive branches of government. Furthermore, in U.S. history, there were many state and federal acts legislated or approved by voters that, in

retrospect, were unconstitutional including slavery, anti-miscegenation laws, and “separate but equal” rulings. Key provisions of the U.S. Constitution come into play here including the equal protection clause and the due process clause (14th Amendment). “All men (persons) are created equal and no state shall deny any person equal protection under the law” are important constitutional rights that cannot be superseded by religious and moral beliefs. Because the defendants could not show harm (given that there are 18,000-plus gay and lesbian marriages performed and honored prior to and after Proposition 8), it was not difficult for the court to make a “finding of fact” that no harm resulted

from these marriages. While there is a long road ahead in regards to the appeals process, Judge Walker’s decision heralds the day when we will all treat each other with mutual respect, tolerance and acceptance. According to Social Work Speaks, “NASW supports the adoption of local, state, federal, and international policies/ legislation that ban all forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation. LGB people must be granted all rights, privileges, and responsibilities that are granted to heterosexual people, including but not limited to inheritance rights, insurance, marriage, child custody, employment, credit, and immigration.” /

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Can Seniors Access Help from Agencies Mandated to Help Them?

Namely Adult Protective Services and the Ombudsman Program By Lillian L. Hyatt, MSW, a resident of a CCRC and AARP Policy Specialist on CCRCs


hile researching the question in my headline, I tried to reach a live rational person to speak to. Instead, I encountered an elaborate, involved and lengthy phone message which I could neither grasp nor follow. After nearly an hour of questioning had passed, the robot voice allowed me to speak to an operator. When I then asked for specific department managers, I was given only their voicemails. My first thought was: if I were in danger of being hurt by an abusive caretaker, what would I do? I could even put my life in danger as my abuser became angrier after discovering that I was seeking help to stop the abuse. Then I thought, what if I were frightened or confused, could I organize my thoughts? Probably at that point I would give up seeking help and continue to suffer more abuse. The Department of Aging and Adult Services is specifically charged with planning, coordinating, providing and advocating for community-based services for older adults and adults with disabilities. Confirming my concerns, one official of the department gave me the following information about the telephone service: â&#x20AC;&#x153;... there is one telephone number for all of the services, there is one multi-functional phone line responsible for answering general information and referral questions,

as well as complete intakes for Adult Protective Services, In-Home Supportive Services, home-delivered meal referrals and a special case management fund.â&#x20AC;? Imagine a frightened and abused elderly person having to negotiate this quagmire. The official added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;To insure that victims of abuse receive a live social worker to discuss their concerns and that they not be transferred to another intake or field social worker there needs to be an additional three social workers on the hotline. To accomplish this would require the sum of $300,000.â&#x20AC;? What is a life worth? To view the entire article, please visit hyatt0910.pdf. To request a printed copy of this article, please call (800) 538-2565, ext. 12. / California News columnist Lillian Hyatt was recently named as 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. EDITORâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NOTE: Ms. Hyatt will be returning to San Francisco State campus as a guest lecturer this fall, at the age of 85, and will be working with students.

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When Medical Protocols Fail, a Hospital Social Worker Turns to a Different Approach By Brian Wren, MSW


hen I was in my second year of social work school, I was placed at a local Los Angeles hospital. In November 2009, I rotated onto the respiratory intensive care unit located in the brand new critical care tower. The ICUs in the tower were truly the peak of medical care: they had all of the best medical equipment money could buy, a roster of the best specialty doctors in the city, and a staff of nurses that was exquisitely trained in every aspect of care. All of which were stymied by a patient named Charles. Charles was 27 years old, suffered from severe autism all of his life, and was mostly nonverbal. For the first 25 years of his life he was cared for by his single mother, who worked as a nurse at another hospital. About two years ago, his care became too much for her and she was forced to find a


residential program for him. It was there in this residential facility, right around the time I was starting in the ICU, that Charles aspirated three coins. He was rushed to my hospital where surgeons were able to remove the coins, but his lungs were swollen from the trauma and he had to be placed on a ventilator to help him breathe. After a week or two his condition improved greatly and it was time to get him off the vent. This was when the real trouble began. When a person has had machines breathing for them for an extended period, it is necessary to wean them back into breathing on their own. The process of weaning requires a person to be able to follow careful instructions from the nurse, which is where Charles was different. Since Charles had severe autism, as soon as the sedation was lowered and he woke up in this unfamiliar environment, he would become agitated. He was unable to follow instructions and made no progress in the weaning process. This went on for several weeks and his condition steadily worsened. It was beginning to look like he may never get off the vent. The team tried every medical approach to the problem, which mostly included different drug combinations attempting to find a balance between unconsciousness and agitation. His condition continued to decline and the question of care became, “Where do you go in treatment once every medical protocol has been exhausted?” In the end, there seemed to be no answer, and it looked like Charles may not survive, so we decided to hold a family meeting to discuss end-of-life issues with the mother and discuss any “last ditch efforts” to save him. Charles’ mother would be present, partially to help her come to grips with her son’s seemingly unavoidable fate and partially to show her we were doing everything that could possibly be done to help him. To help her cope with this dilemma, my supervisor asked her to tell us what Charles was

like before he was sick. She told the team about his life outside the hospital, including his likes and dislikes. He liked eating, music, running, toe walking, deep touch and riding in the car. He disliked light touch, discordant noise and sitting still for long periods of time. Through the process of hearing about his life, we could feel a care plan emerging: if we could surround him with his likes and keep out his dislikes, maybe we could keep him calm without the medications. If we had to touch him, we had to make sure we strongly held him. We also brought on a CD player with his favorite songs, put a block of wood at the foot of his bed for him to press against and turned off the peeps and whistles of the machines in the room. Together, all of these techniques enabled the team to keep him calm when he was brought out of sedation. In the course of a week, he was completely off the vent. In the end it was not the expensive equipment or the skilled team that saved Charles’ life, it was the 27 years of knowledge that a loving mother brought to the team that saved his life. If only we had tapped into that knowledge in the beginning and not as a “last-ditch effort,” Charles might have been saved weeks of suffering and the hospital saved the small fortune it took to keep him alive for those weeks. To me, this experience is essential to what we come to know as social workers. We believe that each person we meet is an expert in their own lives and the lives of their loved ones and that expertise should be respected and valued as much as the expertise of the most well-respected doctor, the most clinically effective social worker and the most exquisitely trained staff money can buy. Without the collaborative effort of the social relationships that each of our clients function within, our jobs would be impossible. / Brian Wren, MSW, is a medical social worker and can be reached at brian.

Vol. 37, No. 1 NASW California News

September 2010


Questioning Unconscionable Cuts By Gene Rothman

A record one in five American households is financially insecure (read: poor) according to a new study establishing the “Economic Security Index” (ESI). Elsewhere, the California Budget Project also recently illustrated the difficulties facing families of different sizes and in varied locations in meeting even basic living expenses. It stressed that public policies to help families move toward greater economic well-being is critical, especially with regard to child care and health coverage. The hourly wage needed to earn the basic family budget for families with children is three to four times the state’s minimum wage of $8 per hour. Unconscionable budget cuts to Cal Works, Healthy Families programs, Medi-Cal and a host of other programs were well summarized by NASW California’s Director of Government Relations and Political Affairs Rebecca Gonzales in the July/August 2010 issue of the NASW California newsletter California News. This cries out for our immediate and urgent support. At the practice level, a focus on family budgets is now essential knowledge for social workers. The upcoming presentation by Shawna Reeves at the NASW Conference in October on “Integrating Financial Education into Clinical Practice” could not be more timely. / Gene Rothman, DSW, LCSW is a member of the Social Action/Social Justice Council of NASW. He can be reached at


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Vol. 37, No. 1 NASW California News

September 2010


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

Director Mary Kyle, LCSW Regional Alternate Director Mark Thoma, Ed. D.,MSW Mendocino Unit Contact Nancy Nanna Sonoma Unit Chair Mary Ann Swanson Student Representative

Humboldt State

Kim Hall



Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, Solano CONTACTS

Regional Director Sarah Brooks Student Representatives University of California at Berkeley Cathy Murray California State University, East Bay Jacqueline Stokes Veronica Pena To find out more about NASW-CA Region C and its meetings, events and activities, join our Yahoo! Group by going to NASWCA_RegionC/.


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

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



Director Cyndy Thomas, MSW, LCSW Alternate Director Marvin Gross Central Coast Unit Lynne White Dixon, LCSW San Jose Unit Glenn Thomas, LCSW, BCD San Luis Obispo Unit Ly-Lan M.V. Lofgren, MSW, LCSW San Mateo Unit Suzanne Lasseigne

San Luis Obispo Unit Report By Ly-Lan Lofgren, LCSW

California Chapter Executive Director Janlee Wong will speak at our September meeting. This will be a 1.5 CE unit program called “Political Action is Best Based on Knowledge: Learn About the November Ballot Propositions, Candidates, and Issues from NASW’s Perspective.” Please note that our meetings this year will all be on Thursdays, a departure from years of meeting on Wednesdays. We will meet on the fourth Thursday, September 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. We are also meeting at a new venue for the first three meetings: the Creekside Community Room in San Luis Obispo on South Higuera Street at Tank Farm Road. And our next meetings will be October 22 and December 9.

Regional Director Christina Wong, LCSW Alternate Director North Tracy Kelly Alternate Director South Charleen Bright Financial Chair Laurie Pence Chico Unit Chair Christina Wong, LCSW Fresno Unit Chair Anthony Yrigollen Kern Unit Co-chair Evelyn Eterno Northern Gateway Tom Wright Sierra Foothills Chair Betty Allured Stanislaus Chair Anne Danhoff

Sierra Foothills Unit, Region D By Pat Cervelli, LCSW

The Sierra Foothills unit has been in existence as part of NASW Region D for about 13 years. Our unit, which currently has 62 NASW members, was formed by several Tuolumne County social workers who wanted to improve networking in the five foothill counties (Amador, Calaveras, Alpine, Tuolumne and Mariposa).

Over the years, we have had excellent participation, mostly from members in Tuolumne County where monthly meetings are held. In the beginning, in an effort to encourage participation from members in Calaveras and Amador Counties, we did hold some meetings in Angels Camp. Another purpose of forming the unit was to offer CEU classes locally. We have held a number of CEU classes that have been well attended by social workers from foothill counties as well as from Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties. However, unit participation has dropped off in recent years. Some members, who have been active, are questioning whether local NASW members want to continue having an NASW unit here. The unit officers feel this is a crisis point. Andrea Hayes, our new chairperson, is organizing a meeting to discuss the future of the Sierra Foothills unit. It will be a free catered lunch held in Sonora on Saturday, October 5. All Sierra Foothills members are urged to attend and offer their input. The Unit won’t be able to survive without improved participation. All 62 foothills NASW members will be receiving a letter soon detailing the location and time of this meeting. SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, October 9, 2010. Please RSVP to Andrea Hayes at or (209) 338-7829 by September 13. The next quarterly business meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 14 at 5:30 p.m. at a member’s home. Please bring an hors d’oeuvre to share. For information, contact Susan Reid at The monthly lunch networking meetings continue at the Prudential conference room above Starbucks in the Crossroads Shopping Center, Sonora, from noon to 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in which there is no quarterly business meeting. (Quarterly meetings are held in September, December, March and June.) The next two lunch meeting will be Tuesday, October 12 and November 9.


San Diego, Imperial CONTACTS

Director Jen Henry, MSW Alternate Director Paul Provencio

Vol. 37, No. 1 NASW California News

September 2010



Region F Palm Springs/Desert Cities Unit

Welcome to another active year for Region E. We hope that you had some time to relax this summer and enjoy our odd, but nice, weather! We are currently looking for student liaisons at SDSU, so please e-mail me (Jen Henry) for an application and more details. Students are required to attend all meetings for Region E and report information back to the student body at SDSU. We will also be holding our monthly meeting on September 20 at 6:00 p.m. This is also a big year for local leadership as they are in their final year of service for Region E. If you have ever thought you would like to serve with NASW in San Diego or Imperial counties, please do not hesitate to ask us about the positions.

Please join us Thursday, September 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for our first meeting of the fall season. Our meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at the Atria Assisted Living Facility at 44300 San Pascual at Catalina Way in Palm Desert (between San Pablo and Portola). Following a brief business meeting, we will be offering a free CEU presentation by Ryan Uhlenkott, desert regional manager for Riverside County DPSS—Child Protective Services. He will be speaking on the topic of the Desert Region Family 2 Family Initiative, which espouses four core social work strategies: team decision-making meetings; self-evaluation; recruitment, development and support of area foster homes; and building community partnerships. Participants will learn about the four strategies and where the project is headed in 2011 and beyond. We also will be meeting Thursday, October 7, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Following a brief business meeting, the guest speaker will be T.R. Barto, LCSW, Desert Regional Medical Center lead social worker. He will be providing a free CEU presentation on the “Challenges of Hospital Social Work.” For more information on our local unit, contact Unit Chair Ed Walsh, MSW, at (760) 831-2959 or ewalsh@

By Jen Henry, MSW


San Bernardino/Riverside, Orange County, Palm Desert CONTACTS

Director Cameron Galford Alternate Director John Forand Palm Springs Unit Chair Ed Walsh, MSW Inland Empire Unit Chair Julie Griffin, MSW Orange County Unit Chair Esteban Juarez, MSW

Palm Springs/Desert Cities Unit Report Inland Empire Unit Report By Glenda Gordon

Welcome to all the incoming social work students at Cal State, San Bernardino, La Sierra University, and Loma Linda University. Now is a great time to join a professional social work association, as your dues will only be $48 a year, and you can start benefitting immediately from your membership. Professional social workers will recognize your leadership potential and serious commitment to the field when they see that you are involved in the local unit of the largest professional social work association in the world. Though we know you will be very busy with school, we hope to see you at some of our meetings this year. On the September 13, Nicole Nanchy, LCSW, will discuss how to start a nonprofit organization. This would be a great presentation for those of you who would like to create a new organization to meet a human need that you currently don’t see anyone addressing. We usually meet the first Monday of every month at the IHOP in Redlands (1630 Industrial Park Avenue, 92374-2829). We start at 6:00 p.m. for dinner (self-pay) and networking, and start the presentation at 7:00 p.m. Please contact either the co-chair for questions, ideas, concerns or to be added to our listserv. Julie Griffin can be reached at (909) 238-8795 or jg10172003@ You can also contact Glenda Gordon at (951) 729-9452 or We would love to hear from you as we search for speakers, topics and projects relevant to your professional needs.

By Tina Bartlett, LCSW

Military Website Offers Help

By Sophia-Diahn N. Nwanodi, MSW

Below is a link to an article that was posted as part of the military mental health group I joined through the LinkedIN website. The article discusses the role of women serving in the military and how they struggle with the occupational hazards of ever-looming abuse and threat of sexual assault. The article did a good job of raising awareness about the unique workplace hazards for these women and the need for mental health professionals to be trained to treat their unique issues. I encourage you all to take a take a look at http://


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 Santa Clarita Valley Unit Carole Lutness, LCSW

Ventura County Unit Mavis Laughlin, LCSW

San Fernando Valley Unit Report By Joni Diamond, LCSW

Greetings social workers! We hope you had a great summer and we look forward to seeing you at future events! On August 21, the SFVLU enthusiastically welcomed the incoming students at CSUN’s MSW orientation with a continental breakfast and a presentation about NASW. Everyone enjoyed networking, socializing and meeting future social workers! We invite you to join our remarkable and creative planning committee where we also network, socialize and develop wonderful friendships. Join our NASWCA SFVLU Yahoo group by clicking on the link below then click “Join Now!” For additional information on how to get involved, contact Rina Levi Shroyer, LCSW, SFVLU chair at (818) 366-6950 or; or Joni Diamond, LCSW, SFVLU advisor at or (818) 832-9941.


West Los Angeles and Beach Cities CONTACTS

Director Tracy Greene Mintz Regional Financial Chair W. Toby Hur, MSW Region H Report

By Tracy Greene Mintz

Region H will be hosting a cocktail party at the annual conference in Los Angeles in October. All are welcome! We are also going to focus our agenda this year on repeating our successful professional networking events. If you want to suggest a venue, please contact Tracy Greene Mintz at To stay abreast of our fabulously busy social calendar, join our Google group at As an aside, if you know of any families with a schoolage child with Type 1 Diabetes, please encourage them to get a 504 plan at public school (or private school that accepts federal funds). Diabetes families are in need of social work advocacy this year!


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

Alternate Director Heather Halpern Long Beach/South Unit Chair Paul McDonough Visit cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=125



2010 NASW-California

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