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Chapter Update November-December-January 2013 SC NASW 2013 Symposium Fired up and ready to go! Now that election season is behind us there is another reason to get fired up: the SC NASW 2013 Symposium is coming up soon! The three day Symposium will be held Monday, March 18-Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Due to popular demand we are returning to last year’s conference site, the DoubleTree Hotel in Columbia, SC. Since last May the Symposium Planning Committee has been working hard to put together a program that will excite, refresh and inspire participants with diverse opportunities for learning. We Of Resilience and Advocacy have an impressive group of plenary speakers and our break out workshop abstracts are some of the March 18-20, 2013 best we’ve ever seen. Just like last year we are DoubleTree Hotel, Columbia SC committed to keeping costs down and will be offering early bird special pricing. As always, the most affordable rates go to NASW members. To register, visit www.scnasw.org Please spread the word among your social work colleagues and encourage them to join to get this our career going forward. Please mark your calengreat benefit of being a mtp;ember of NASW. dar for our annual SC NASW Symposium: March The Symposium Planning Committee is made up 18-20, 2013. We are fired up and ready to see you Ann Dwyer, Chair of the following NASW members: Carla Damron there! — Symposium Planning Committee (Chapter ED); Ann Dwyer (Chair), Shirley Furtick, Marjorie Hammock, Angela Howe, George Mavroftas, Sharon Williams and Leslie YarWHAT’S INSIDE: borough. We are excited about the 2013 symposium and we are even more excited to see you there! Working with Vets 2 It is a great time to earn CEUs, reconnect with old Clinical SW Survey 2 friends and make new networking connections for Chapter Update Editorial Committee Sandra Grimble, Chair Carla Damron, staff Juliana Palyok, staff Sally Hayes, proof reader Reporters/writers wanted!

Did You Know?

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LBSW Exam Help

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From Where I Sit

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President’s Letter

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A Student’s Perspective on Voting

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Chapter Update Honoring Their Sacrifice: Working with Vets By Sandra Grimble, LISW-CP Chair, Editorial Committee Working as a PACT Social Worker for the VA Greenville Outpatient Clinic has opened my eyes to the great sacrifices made by our veterans. It's truly a privilege to work with men and women who gave so much for our country. Just how much they gave for our freedom is something difficult to comprehend. Our work is daunting; hundreds of veterans (or so it seems) pass through our clinic every day, and each one deserves the best we can provide. I think of the WW II veteran who told about watching Pearl Harbor being bombed and how that felt for him. And the veteran who served under General Patton who told about the long hard trek they made in the dead of winter. These warriors didn't sleep on the hot desert sand; rather, they slept under their tanks on the hard cold ground with a blanket of snow. Many of our warriors who served in Korea endured severe frostbite while being pinned to the ground by gunfire. The warriors who served in the hot jungle were glad to feel the coolness of Agent Orange sprayed over their heads while being unaware of the future cost and dangers. We've had so many men and women courageously serve in the different battles zones across the globe. Many come home with new challenges, and I hope my social work skills are useful to them. On Memorial Day, our clinic had a small program to honor our clients. For the first time, I saw the flag for those Missing in Action and the Prisoners of War. Nowadays, we don't think much about our warriors becoming prisoners of war, but I there is a decal in my office that portrays a handsome young man in uniform. This warrior has been a POW in Afghanistan for almost three years. He expects to spend his third Christmas there. Bowe is now 26 years old and isour last POW in that country. I wonder when he will be safely returned to his family? Warriors who left loved ones and served tours of duty in Desert Storm, the Panama Canal, Iraq, Kuwait, Germany, France, and all the other places I cannot even begin to name deserve our deepest respect and assistance. The old, the young, the whole, the injured, no matter their circumstances, deserve the best we can offer them. As

a social worker, it is an honor to work with these veterans; I hope we give them half us much as they have given us.

Clinical Social Work Practice Survey Research is actively shaping the clinical practice environment. It is imperative that the voices of clinical social workers be included in this research, in order to learn how the changing clinical environment is impacting practice for social workers and their clients. I am studying how the recent focus on Evidence-Based Practice is affecting clinical social workers in practice. This survey only takes 15-20 minutes and your participation will be kept confidential. As a thank you for your time, I will hold a drawing by January 15, 2012 and give 5 participants $50 gift certificates to Amazon.com. *Please copy and paste the following the link to participate in the survey: https:// www.surveymonkey.com/s/258PTGD If you have any questions about my research or the nature of participation, please feel free to contact me by email at bsimmons@smith.edu. I am very interested in what you have to say!


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November-December-January 2013 DID YOU KNOW?

NASW-SC Member Brenda Hyleman was cited in the latest issue of the AARP Bulletin. Hyleman has been working a volunteer with the Vulnerable Adult Guardian Ad Litem program. As part of the 15 county pilot project, Hyleman helped place a 50 year old man with a terminal neurological condition into a facility that gave him support while allowing some independence. Guardians advocate for their clients and make recommendations to the courts about what care is best for them. The future for the Vulnerable Adult Guardian Ad Litem program is uncertain. It began in August, 2011, and will end in June, 2013, if legislation isn’t passed to reauthorize it. AARP SC would like to see it continued and expanded statewide. Hyleman sees the importance of this program: "It could be people in your own neighborhood that you don't even realize are having these issues," Hyleman said. "These are middle-class, upper-middle-class families that reach circumstances where they can't carry on … sometimes family members get enmeshed and don't see how bad it is." (AARP Bulletin, December, 2012) Interested social workers are encouraged to contact their legislators and let them know how important it is that the Vulnerable Adult Guardian Ad Litem program continue.

Test Help for LBSW Exam Inspired Consulting Group, in partnership with the National Association of Social Workers – South Carolina Chapter, will host a Bachelors Level Social Work Examination Preparation Class.

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 9:00am – 5:30pm Location: Benedict College Business Development Center (2601 Read St, Columbia, SC) This class focuses on preparation for the Licensed Bachelors Social Worker Exam (LBSW, LSW, LSWA, etc). A thorough overview of the test content will be provided as well as an analysis of test taking strategies and tips useful for success on the exam. Topics that we will cover include but are not limited to: Exam Taking Strategies Social Work Assessment & Clinical Diagnosis Social Work Intervention Strategies Human Growth, Behavior and Developmental Theories Social Work Values and Ethics Addiction, Domestic Violence and Family Dynamics Child Welfare and Gerontology Self Regulation and Relaxation Skills Necessary for Success To register, visit our website at WWW.SCNASW.ORG


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Chapter Update From Where I Sit … Carla Damron, Executive Director

cess to early care reduces the spread of disease. For example, continuous and comprehensive treatment of HIV/AIDS reduces the likelihood of spreading the illness by 96% (The State Healthcare Access Research Project, November 2012) .

Have you heard about Accept ME South Carolina? It’s a new program launched by community partners to raise awareness about the need for SC to accept Medicaid Expansion, something our Governor and others have vowed to reject. I attended a presentation by Accept ME South Carolina; here’s what I learned. If SC decided to accept the Medicaid Expansion, 329,000 people who currently live without health insurance would become insured. These are folks whose income is at 138% of the poverty level; in other words, people who make $15,000 or less. Who would this include? Full-time Workers: Many hard-working South Carolinians make minimum wage. Even if they work full-time, they fall within the guidelines to receive Medicaid insurance. Part-time Workers: Some employers hire mostly part-time help, and avoid paying for benefits like health insurance. Wal-Mart is a good example. Childless adults who make under $11,000 per year would be covered. Parents in low income families of four making between $11,500 and $23,000 a year would be insured.

But what about the cost? The federal government picks up the tab for the expansion until 2016—or rather, when we pay federal taxes, we’re paying for the Medicaid expansion. After 2016, the state must cover 10% of the cost. This is what has triggered some opposition: can the state afford the 10%? Researchers argue that this cost is offset by savings realized in reduced spending on uncompensated care. It is estimated that in the first five years of expanding Medicaid, SC could realize a net savings of 678 million dollars. And that’s not all. A study by the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business finds that expansion would create about 44,000 jobs by 2020. The new jobs would add an estimated $1.5 billion in labor income and $3.3 billion in economic activity by 2020 (Greenville News, 12/7/12). But the bottom line is this—who benefits from the Medicaid expansion? The 329,000 South Carolinians who would receive insurance coverage would. The businesses that employ minimum wage full-time workers and part-time workers, but don’t offer insurance would—they’d have a healthier work force. Hospitals would—as the expansion will cover some of the 1.2 billion dollars they spend on uncompensated care.

You and I benefit, too. Access to healthcare reduces the spread of disease. We would see a decline in disparities (low income people have higher rates of heart disease and diabetes) and a healthier, more productive populaFor adults, Medicaid has functioned as a disability in- tion. surance; those with serious medical conditions (and One last note: we pay federal taxes. So if SC doesn’t qualify for disability) have access to Medicaid. The Af- accept the expansion, our dollars are funding other fordable Care Act redefines Medicaid as health insur- states that DO accept it. I’m all for California having ance; it covers preventive and regular care—the type of great health outcomes, but I’d rather my tax dollars be medical coverage you and I may take for granted. Re- spent where I live. searchers note that through screenings and treatment, diseases such as diabetes and hypertension may be pre- So yes, South Carolina, we need to accept Medicaid vented. Early diagnosis of illnesses like cancer or cardi- Expansion. The health of our fellow citizens is a smart ovascular disorders can greatly improve outcomes. Ac- investment.


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The President’s Letter by Mike Ottone, MSW, ACSW, LISW-CP, CPM busy for your children, your parents, your friends. Spend time together. Smile, laugh, and live.

Happy Holidays to everyone! Bring in the New Year with hope, optimism and love!

Mike Ottone Hello SC Social Workers & Friends, Wow. Shocking.Scary,hurtful, upsetting. I finally found the time to write in this busy time of year; I had nearly decided some topics to discuss…but this is the day of the shooting in Connecticut: innocent young children, victims, and so many hurting families. We all express our outrage and our sympathy; ask our questions about who, why, and how, reach for the comfort and security of our own families. My heart goes out to them all, knowing there is little I can directly do for them. WLTX, the local TV news station just posted this on their FB page: “Tonight, when you're putting your kids to bed, give them an extra, comforting hug....comforting for them....and also, comforting for you. Look directly into their eyes and tell them how much you love them and how important they are to you. Then....give them another hug.” I don’t think there is any more direct nor concise way to say it. Love your family and friends. Everyday. At this time of year, the holidays are here, the elections are over, messages of hope, love, and forgiveness abound. Let us not be divided anymore. Don’t be too

America's present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration. Social Work resource to help others (and ourselves) deal with the tragedy in Newtown: http://sswaa.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1& subarticlenbr=500

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A Student’s Perspective, Kiesha Webb ADVERTISEMENT

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I was shocked when I arrived at the polling location at 9:15am to find that the line was already out of the door and down the sidewalk. As I squeezed my way through the bottleneck of people jumbled around the entrance, I realized that the line continued down the hallway and wrapped around the inside of the center. By10:00 am one of the five machines had broken down and was causing significant delays. Each precinct is required to have four machines per 1,000 voters; this particular precinct should have had at least twelve machines but was operating with only four working machines. Mrs. Fox, another election protection volunteer and USC Law Professor, made a trip to the Election Commission Office to pick up paper ballots in order to help move people through the line quicker. While I waited for her to return, I called the Election Protection Headquarters to ask if there was anyone I could call to come and fix the broken machine. I was astounded to find out that most precincts had at least one broken machine and many had more than one machine down. A few locations had no working voting machines at all at various points in the day. If there was a precinct where a machine was not broken, they were in the minority. For the voters at my precinct, there was nothing to do except wait for the needed repairs or for the paper ballots. (This problem was even more outrageous when I heard about the 200+ unused voting machines sitting at the Election Commissions office; information I would only find out


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November-December-January 2013 ment had to later be retracted, because after the tally of the absentee ballots was completed the results showed that Finlay had actually won.

Line at Benedict College Precinct on Election Day Mrs. Fox returned a few hours later empty handed; the election commission had refused to give her paper ballots stating that they only give paper ballots in situations where there is an emergency. Because voters at most precincts were waiting in lines for long hours to vote, this did not count as an emergency.

The Democratic Party filed a lawsuit to have all county ballots seized by state law enforcement for a recount. A local judge granted a temporary order, and SLED seized the ballots, turning them over to the State Election Commission for a recount. Eventually, after petitions and protests from both sides, the state supreme court would halt the re-count (THE STATE NEWSPAPER, 11/10/12). Adding another layer to this election chaos: news reports surfaced that, as the results were in the process of being certified nearly a month after the election, officials found two bags with 150 uncounted ballots in the closet at the election office; the ballots had to once again be recounted.

The poll workers were exasperated because voters were receiving misinformation. The line was a never- The final recount took place on November 19, 2012 ending stream of people, some of whom took their frus- and was officially certified. However, although the recount is over, the investigation into how this fiasco octrations out on the poll workers and volunteers. curred is still on-going. One thing is certain: voting is a This is a scene that played out at many polling loca- right, a privilege, and a responsibility of the citizens of tions in Richland County and for some locations it was our state—but it needn’t be the ordeal voters suffered much worse. Thousands of people ranging from college on November 6, 2012 in Richland County. students to the elderly waited in the cold for hours to cast their ballots; some didn’t get to vote until 2AM following morning. As a result, many voters walked away from the polls without voting this year. However, the problems did not stop when the final vote was cast. WISTV and WLTX reported that when the initial numbers came in from the State Elections Commission on Election Night, it was announced that Democrat Joe McCulloch had won the House seat against Republican Kirkman Finlay. The announce-


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The PACE online fundraising tool has beeno officially launched! It can be found at :

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There’s also a link to it from www. socialworkers. org. Please remember that all online contributions will be shared with the chapters, just like contributions we receive through membership renewals. So it’s in our interest to promote the new online fundraising capability.

CEUSchool’s goal is to provide you with quality on-line course content in a format that is convenient to use, affordable, and relevant for today's social worker. Their site offers fully accredited NASW classes that meet all of your CEU needs. You will receive the same academic benefits that you would enjoy at an onsite facility, along with the flexibility and self-paced learning that comes with an online education. Register with CEUSchool through NASW South Carolina and you will automatically receive 3 FREE credits !!

We love your stories! NASW SC encourages everyone to contribute noteworthy information for Chapter Update. All material should be typed and emailed to the Chapter Office. Chapter Update is published by the National Association of Social Workers South Carolina Chapter. Advertisement space and fees: 1/4 page, 1/2 page, full page: $125. Members seeking employment may advertise at no cost. Rental of membership labels is available for a one-time user fee of $95 plus S&H. Position vacancies may be advertised at a flat rate of $25 (not to exceed 15 lines). Members may run camera ready business card ads for $20. SC NASW reserves the right to accept, reject or edit advertisements and notices of events based on publication schedule, space limitations and appropriateness. The views expressed in Chapter Update do not necessarily represent positions of NASW. Because of the commitment of NASW to nondiscriminatory personnel practices, advertisers in NASW publications, by action of the NASW Board of Directors, must affirm that they are equal opportunity employers. For violations of professional ethics or personnel practices, a person may file a complaint with the NASW SC Chapter Committee on Inquiry. For information, write the Chapter Office at 2537 Gervais Street, Columbia SC 29204 or call 803-256-8406. For information regarding: Social work licensure, call or write the Board of Social Work Examiners, PO Box 11329, Columbia, SC 29211-1329, 803-896-4665, www.llr.state.sc.us


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