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News Items – July 29, 2015

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FSU institute funds research to benefit children
Tallahassee Democrat
Aimed at benefiting children in Florida’s child welfare system, the Florida Institute for Child Welfare at Florida State University has funded 10 research projects statewide that promote evidence-based practice. “The Florida Institute for Child Welfare is in a unique position to connect Florida’s child welfare community with social work researchers across the state,” said Patricia Babcock, interim director of the institute.… Karen Randolph, the college’s Agnes Flaherty Stoops Professor in Child Welfare, and Mary Kay Falconer of the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida will lead an “Evaluation of Parent Training Services in a Community-Based System of Care.” The project’s selected priority is the evidence-based services for children from birth to age 5, primarily parent education and training.

Residents Discuss Changes since Gunfight in La Joya
KRGV (Rio Grande Valley, TX)
People living in a La Joya Housing Authority subdivision had a lot to say about what has changed, after a gun battle occurred in their neighborhood last year.… Residents said they are getting more visits from the head of the La Joya Housing Authority. La Joya Housing Authority Director J.J. Garza said he personally reaches out to each of the 50 tenants. “I’m visiting the tenants personally, one by one,” Garza said. “I’m inspecting their units, making sure if there’s anything they need and any concerns they have. They can reach me personally to my cell phone.”… Garza said his next step is to hire a full-time community social worker. He said he needs grant money to hire one. He said he hopes the added changes to the subdivision will help break a cycle of poverty that has plagued his community for decades.

Grant to fund ride-along social worker in Newton
Wicked Local Newton (MA)
The police department has won a federal grant to support the hiring of a clinical social worker to assist in responding to incidents involving mental health and addiction issues. The nearly $100,000 grant will also fund more specialized mental health training as part of the department’s service training program.

Ken Nakamura is a member:
7 Things About Ken Nakamura: Ken Nakamura is a social justice champion in the field of child welfare
SDSU News Center
Ken Nakamura is the project coordinator for San Diego State University’s School of Social Work. His job is to attract and successfully prepare students for the field of child welfare services. He manages SDSU’s Title IV-E stipend program and connects students who are committed to serving in public child welfare. Title IV-E is a federal foster care program that provides safe and stable out-of-home care for children until they are safely returned home or placed permanently with adoptive families in another permanent arrangement.

How Slavery’s Legacy Affects the Mental Health of Black Americans
The New Republic
Terrie M. Williams is a clinical social worker in New York. In her book, Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting, she uses powerful personal narratives of blacks from all walks of life to illustrate the high toll of hiding the pain associated with the black experience on mental health.

Olivia Lopez is a member:
Ex-worker at Karnes immigrant detention center says she saw unethical behavior
Los Angeles Times
When veteran social worker Olivia López took a job at a detention center for immigrant families about an hour’s drive south of San Antonio in October, she was energized. At Karnes County Residential Center, she would be working with a Central American immigrant population she knew not only from her work in Texas, but also from growing up the daughter of a farm foreman in California’s Central Valley. The job paid $70,000, about as much as López, 57, of Corpus Christi, had been earning teaching social work after a dozen years in the business. She called it “a dream come true.” But within six months López had resigned, complaining that the work she was asked to do was unethical and endangered her license. On Tuesday, López is scheduled to appear at a forum on family detention hosted by the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Democrats from the House Judiciary Committee.

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