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News Items – August 6, 2019

Ames schools acting on change to address student mental health
Ames Tribune
As of July 1, a new mental health bill went into effect in Iowa that established a children’s behavioral health system locally, a state-wide board, and requiring certain children’s behavioral health core services. The new law requires each school district to provide an hour of training to each faculty member to help students who may be in trouble. Ames High School however, took that even further last spring and administered a day-long Mental Health First Aid session.… Besides the training courses that each faculty member completed, the district hired two new social workers who will be serving the elementary schools with the objective of coordinating and helping families gain access to services, Risner said.

Julie Fugenschuh is a member:
[Video] CommUNITY Champion promotes livable wages for Iowans
CommUNITY Champion Julie Fugenschuh leads the way at Project Iowa, a program created to build relationships with the people in central Iowa who want to better themselves. Fugenschuh believes in igniting new passions in people to realize their full potential. Her goal is to change policy so that every Iowan has a livable wage. Get to know Fugenschuh in this edition of “Project CommUNITY.”

Gary Bailey is a former president of NASW:
[Video] Simmons University Professor Gary Bailey Elevated to Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Social Justice
Social Work Helper
Simmons University School of Social Work Professor of Practice Gary Bailey, DHL, MSW, ACSW, has been promoted to Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Social Justice in the College of Social Science, Public Policy, and Practice. He started his new role on July 1, 2019. Bailey has taught in the Simmons School of Social Work since 1999 and has immersed himself in the on- and off-campus community ever since. Among his many on-campus activities, Bailey directs the Urban Leadership Certificate in Clinical Social Work and coordinated the Dynamics of Racism and Oppression sequence.

Cheryl Aguilar is a member:
[Video] MCM Connects Adult Mental Health
Cheryl Aguilar is a licensed clinical social worker, LICSW, LCSW-C, who has been working with DC area residents since 2006. She has held several roles as communicator, facilitator, advocate, case manager and is currently a mental health therapist. She is the founder and lead therapist of Hope Center for Wellness, LLC, a multicultural behavioral health practice focused on holistic healing. While Cheryl works with people from all walks of life, she specializes in working with immigrants and refugees.

Amanda Bucci is a member:
5 expert tips to help kids conquer their fears
Citizen Times
Helping your child name their fear and learn more about is one of the first big steps in overcoming it. “Whether it is starting a new school or trying a new activity or monsters in the closet: I help kids by first naming their fear, giving them the emotional vocabulary to identify what they are feeling,” says Amanda Bucci, MSW, LCSW, RPT-child and family therapist and registered play therapist. “We work to recognize body sensations that are clues to when fear is rising, and how to calm those sensations.”

Ken Zimmerman is a member:
Prairie Ridge has helped show ‘the light at the end of the tunnel’ for 50 years
Globe Gazette
Ken Zimmerman, a licensed clinical social worker in Mason City since 1979, spoke about the history of the Mental Health Center of North Iowa, which later became WellSource. When the mental health center was being organized in the 1950s, Medicaid and Medicare didn’t exist and insurance companies didn’t cover mental illness, according to Zimmerman. “There weren’t many mental health centers anywhere,” he said.

Ashley Skidmore is a member:
Atlanta schools, parents prep kids for big new world: middle school
Within months of school starting last fall, Ashley Skidmore, a licensed clinical social worker, received calls from concerned parents asking for advice. So this summer, she offered a one-week middle school transition group through her Skidmore Counseling practice in Tucker. “It is so important to feel prepared, and that is going to reduce anxiety tremendously,” she said.

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