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News Items – April 18, 2018

JaneAddams2Frederic Reamer is a member:
Social Work Leadership and Advocacy — The Moral Imperative
Social Work Today
Every serious student of social work history has heard the tale: In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, social work emerged as an occupation in Europe and North America and, by the 1920s, was considered a profession. Settlement houses were established in large cities in the United States during the 1880s. Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr founded Chicago’s Hull House, the most famous settlement in the United States, in 1889 after a visit to London’s Toynbee Hall, the world’s first settlement house. Over time, social work’s earliest pioneers—also including Florence Kelley, Alice Hamilton, Julia Lathrop, Sophonisba Breckinridge, and Grace and Edith Abbott, among others—laid the foundational bricks in the profession’s long and winding pathway.

The Cost of Keeping Children Poor
The New York Times
In a study published in Social Work Research, we determined that childhood poverty cost the nation $1.03 trillion in 2015. This number represented 5.4 percent of the G.D.P. Impoverished children grow up possessing fewer skills and are thus less able to contribute to the productivity of the economy. They are also more likely to experience frequent health care problems and to engage in crime. These costs are borne by the children themselves, but ultimately by the wider society as well.

Michael Francum is executive director of NASW Metro DC;
Who Is a Public Servant? Borrowers Have a Lot Riding on the Answer
The New York Times
Michael Francum, who has a master’s degree in social work, exhibits excellent student loan hygiene. He got himself into the right loan and the right kind of repayment plan. He then sent in an official Employer Certification Form to be sure that his work for the National Association of Social Workers — a nonprofit organization that is in a tax category known as 501(c)(6) — qualified as public service. In 2014, FedLoan sent him official notice that it did. “That was exciting,” he said. The story changed the next year, however, when he called to get an update on his countdown clock. A phone representative told him that his employer did not in fact qualify and that its decision was retroactive, wiping out credit for payments he had already made.

Police, social workers team up to help the community’s homeless
North County Outlook (WA)
Social workers and local police officers are working together in a new Snohomish County unit which is meant to help homeless individuals get to services that can help them. Marysville, Arlington and the county are joining forces on the new unit from the County Sheriff’s Office of Neighborhoods. While a similar program existed in the south county, this will be the first time it’s been brought to Arlington and Marysville areas. Local police officers work with embedded social workers to go to camps and find those with homelessness or drug abuse issues.

The big winners of Kentucky’s 2018 legislative session: Social workers and children
Courier Journal
State social workers, enduring low pay, high caseloads and constant turnover, will be up for pay raises in the coming budget year as well as new equipment to replace outdated cellphones and computers. Three of the state’s most overloaded family court divisions will each get one new judge to help with rising caseloads that include child abuse and neglect, custody, divorce and domestic violence. And crime victims could benefit from several bills, including a law that would give them expanded rights in court if voters approve a state constitutional amendment for the measure known as “Marsy’s Law.”

Social Worker-Led Intervention Beneficial in Heart Failure
A social worker-led palliative care intervention seems beneficial for patients with advanced heart failure at high risk for mortality, according to a study published online April 11 in JAMA Cardiology. Arden E. O’Donnell, MPH, from Boston University School of Social Work, and colleagues compared a social worker-led palliative care intervention with usual care for patients recently hospitalized for management of acute heart failure with risk factors for poor prognosis. Fifty patients were randomized to the intervention or usual care.

Charles Barrett is a member:
Medicare Savings Program cuts are harming low-income seniors
I am writing to express my concerns over the funding of the Medicare Savings Program here in the state of Connecticut. I am a social worker. I work with low-income seniors all across the state of Connecticut and this issue is extremely important to my clients. I am writing to inform you of what the cuts to the Medicare Savings Plan will do to many low- income seniors across the state.

Michele Baranaskas is a member of the NASW-WV Board:
Michele Baranaskas: Tuesday is deadline to register to vote
Charleston Gazette-Mail
Are you registered to vote? Yes? Great! No? You still have some time. The deadline to register to vote in the 2018 West Virginia primary is Tuesday. May 8 is primary Election Day. This year’s election isn’t a presidential election, but a mid-term election. According to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office, these races, along with several others, are on the ballot in West Virginia: U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, state Senate, House of Delegates, county commissions and boards of education.

Janika Joyner is a member:
Here’s What to Do if You’re Sexually Assaulted
Seventeen Magazine
First and foremost, make sure you’re out of harm’s way. “You need to ensure that you’re safe and that the perpetrator is gone,” says Janika Joyner, a licensed clinical social worker and certified clinical trauma professional in Virginia. If you’re in immediate danger, call 911. Otherwise, find someone who can help you navigate the next steps — that can be a parent, a friend, the RA at your dorm, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline (1-800-656-4673).


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