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News Itmes – March 18, 2014

[Video, Audio, Transcript] Discussion: Should Baltimore Privatize Its Public Housing?
The Real News
Bill Henry is the second-term councilman for Baltimore City’s 4th District. He chairs the City Council’s Housing & Community Development committee and represents the Council on the City’s Commission for Historical & Architectural Preservation. Jeff Singer, a clinical social worker and community organizer, is an instructor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. He worked at the Baltimore City Department of Social Services and Health Care for the Homeless for forty years doing outreach, child abuse work, case management, organizing, advocacy, and administration.

Kids urged to report bullying
The News Herald
“If (victims of bullying) are feeling helpless and hopeless … they are going to start to feel as worthless as the bully wants them to feel,” said social worker Kelly Shelton. In that state, they’re less likely to report bullying. Kids of varying ages attended the event. When asked how many had been bullied, several students raised their hand.

New York social worker transfers skills to Yerevan
The Armenian Reporter
In her application to Armenian Volunteer Corps (AVC), Connie Koumjian, 59, wrote “The desire to serve the people of Armenia came to me gradually.”

Child Welfare Bills Differ, But Both Chambers Offer Ambitious Response to Deaths
Sunshine State News
After a series of highly publicized child deaths last year, the House and Senate are taking different approaches to fixing the state child-welfare system — but both are considering ambitious measures that cover a lot of ground. Both chambers would require more professionalism — with an emphasis on social-work skills — for child protective investigators. Both would keep siblings together in the state system and help families care for medically complex children. Both would require the Department of Children and Families to publish the basic facts of all deaths of children reported to the state abuse hotline. And both would create critical incident response teams to conduct immediate investigations of those deaths and other serious episodes of child abuse and neglect.

Micronesian Social Workers Head To Guam For Regional Conference
Pacific Islands Report
The Guam Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers is hosting a regional conference that will cover behavioral health in Micronesia. Social workers from Saipan and Chuuk will be joining local social workers for the two-day conference kicking off tomorrow at the Guam Marriott Resort & Spa in Tumon. About 175 practicing social workers are expected to attend the conference to discuss challenges facing the communities they serve.

Meet the Families Fighting for Marriage in Arizona
Lambda Legal
Josefina Ahumada, 68, is the surviving wife of Helen Battiste, who died in January, at the age of 76, after heart surgery. Josefina and Helen met in 1991, over gardening. They pledged their commitment to each other in a religious ceremony in 1994, and got married in New Mexico in 2013. The pastor from their church in Tucson traveled to New Mexico to officiate at their wedding. After Helen’s death, the State of Arizona rejected Josefina’s application for Helen’s death certificate, accepting one from Helen’s son instead. Josefina described receiving that notice as “a slap to her face” while she was most intensely grieving her loss. She wants Arizona to recognize her marriage and the life that she and Helen built.

Social Work Month:

All People Matter
dvids
“Social work is the profession of helping people achieve their maximum potential,” said Rikki Vidak, behavioral science coordinator and a licensed social worker, Naval Hospital Pensacola.

Assemblywoman Yamada honors social workers
Daily Democrat News
The state Assembly has passed House Resolution 30 establishing March as Social Work Month in California with the theme, “All People Matter.” HR 30 was introduced by the two social workers currently serving in the California State Legislature, assemblywoman Mariko Yamada and Susan Talamantes-Eggman.

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