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News Items – July 5, 2017

fb 2017-06-14 1507hrSocial workers stand up for LGBTQ youth in new PSA (VIDEO)
The National Association of Social Workers Foundation, a charitable organization created to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through the advancement of social work practice, has released a series of PSA’s that show how social workers help older adults, people who are single and people who are LGBT.

Sanders introduces bill to expand community health centers
Organizations endorsing the legislation include the National Association of Community Health Centers, National Association of Social Workers, the National Healthy Start Association, Morehouse School of Medicine, Association of Clinicians for the Underserved, NAACP, Public Citizen, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Minority Quality Forum, Remote Area Medical, Prescription Justice, Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Coalition, Los Angeles LGBT Center, Lana’i Community Health Center, African American Health Alliance, Bi-State Primary Care Association, Waimanalo Health Center, STEM4Us and API Wellness.

Stephen Tuck is a member:
Nearly all of approximately 6,000 children in state foster care will feel Medicaid cuts
WCHS (Charleston, WV)
Steve Tuck, chief executive of the Children’s Home Society, has been with the organization for 25 years. “Children in foster care, it’s well documented, they have well above the normal needs for medical care, behavioral care or mental health services,” Tuck said. If the cuts happen, they will come from different areas, and foster children will see the effects in different ways. “They could just begin to not be eligible for a certain service within that component of Medicaid,” Tuck said.

Andrea DiFillippo is a member:
Cyberbullying App to Host Facebook Live for Parents in Denver
“There is no escape for kids when they are on their phones all the time,” says Andrea DiFillippo, a nationally recognized parenting expert and licensed clinical social worker. The Internet is a netherworld of communication that children can access without their parents knowing a thing, and when hurtful comments are made, children are unlikely to share. “The issue is big enough to generate conversation,” explains DiFillipo, which is why she will be hosting a Facebook Live session today at 5:30 p.m. for Denver residents on behalf of the new smartphone application Social Judo.

Generation O: For Opioids’ Youngest Victims, Is Help Too Little, Too Late?
While the problem is more pronounced in the Northeast and Midwest, Western states like Oregon and Southern states like North Carolina and Tennessee have all documented the same alarming connection between opioid abuse and child welfare caseloads. “I move all around the country,” says Susan Dreyfus, the president and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, a national association of nonprofit providers in social services, “and I cannot think of a single state where this is not becoming a growing issue in their child welfare system.”

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