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News Items – August 30, 2010

Kalamazoo social worker indicted for health care fraud
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Kalamazoo social worker on twelve counts of felony health care fraud. The US Attorney’s Office says 57-year-old Olga Ortiz-Button, a Kalamazoo licensed masters social worker, billed insurances companies more than $275,000 for counseling services for patients in excess of those actually provided, as well as billing for counseling services for family members of patients to whom she had never provided such services.

Katrina Five Years After: Hurricane Left a Legacy of Health Concerns
Although the study authors were astonished, Vic Sims, a social worker at West Jefferson Medical Center in Louisiana, said these types of issues aren’t unusual — particularly in children, because they don’t have the coping mechanisms adults do — especially after experiencing a life-altering event like Katrina.

Karate champ merges martial arts, business, social work
The Post-Standard – (blog)
At SU, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology, and a master’s in social work. After college, Abdul-Qadir worked as a mental health therapist at various nonprofit agencies and even sat on the boards of a number of agencies in the community.

Black men need special attention from social workers to deal with their needs
The book is a collection of studies, which details the disadvantages that black men face and suggests ways they can be helped. The contributors are leading scholars in social work and other related fields from around the country.

Why don’t women have more rights in Muslim countries?
Washington Post (blog)
The growing empowerment of women is reflected in increased educational and professional opportunities (physicians, journalists, lawyers, engineers, social workers, university professors, and entrepreneurs), legal reforms and voting rights.

Elder abuse the subject of research
Ventura County Star
By Kathleen Wilson Armed with one of the largest federal awards ever made to combat elder abuse, Ventura County social workers are joining with researchers  to test ways to reduce its impact.

How to Help Your Child Get Control of Their Attention Deficit Disorder
Associated Content
An Interview with Therapist William Shryer DCSW, LCSW: Do you feel frustrated because you’re unsure on what to do about your child who has attention deficit disorder (ADD)? If so you’re not alone.

LA County’s leak investigation is about the law, not publicity
Los Angeles Times
When incomplete confidential case information is selectively leaked, both the public and my social workers are disadvantaged because there is no legal for us to correct inaccurate or misleading information.

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