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News Items – February 17, 2011

School of Social Work alumnus named Living Treasure of Hawai’i
UH System Current News
On February 5, UH Mānoa’s Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work alumnus Masaru Oshiro ’54 was named a Living Treasure of Hawai`i by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai`i at their 36th annual awards ceremony.

Former first lady Carter challenges mental-health system
St. Louis Beacon
Carter was the lead speaker Monday at a forum on mental health, hosted by Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work at Graham Chapel.

Community Access Unlimited Hosts Equality Conference
The Why Equality is Better for Everyone conference was held at Kean University Friday, January 21, and was jointly sponsored by the board of trustees of CAU, the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and Next Step, a national advocacy organization.

Caseworkers are often overburdened, some experts say
Lansing State Journal
Maxine Thome, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, agrees. In her organization, Thome works with many Child Protective Services caseworkers. “Because their caseloads are so huge, many are anxious to leave,” she said.

Outsourcing Medicaid
Salt Lake City Weekly‎
“They tried to eliminate face-to-face contact, or minimize it, and it didn’t work,” says Josephine Hughes, the executive director of the Indiana chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. “When you take the human element out of it, you lose the whole reason [for social services].

Marion County man to direct faith-based, community initiatives
Marion Star
John Matthews, a licensed social worker and chemical dependency counselor, previously worked as a re-entry administrator for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. “I’m very honored to receive this appointment from the governor,” Matthews, a Tully Township resident, said.

Michigan recruiting to fill 500 social worker jobs
Lansing State Journal
EAST LANSING – More than 600 people showed up at Michigan State University on Tuesday night for a shot at one of 500 social worker jobs in the state’s child welfare offices. Just two days before Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to unveil a state budget calling for massive cuts, the Department of Human Services launched a three-day recruitment event at MSU as part of a statewide hiring surge.

Anti-gay marriage ban advances in Indiana
Gay Chicago Magazine
“Instead of offering solutions to the real problems Indiana families are facing, proponents of House Joint Resolution 6 are taking time on an unnecessary and damaging amendment to our constitution, infringing on people’s human dignity,” said Josephine Hughes, of the National Association of Social Workers.

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