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News Items – February 12, 2020

news items logo oneJessica Hall is a member:
[Video] Ahead of big elections, thousands march in downtown Raleigh
Thousands march in downtown Raleigh ahead of upcoming elections. Jessica Hall was a march participant. She emphasized her concerns about social work, mental health, healthcare, and education.

Dwight Hymans is a member:
ASWB announces new CEO
The Association of Social Work Boards announced that the Board of Directors has unanimously chosen Dwight J. Hymans, MSW, LCSW, as the organization’s next chief executive officer. Hymans, who is ASWB’s chief operating officer, will succeed Mary Jo Monahan, MSW, LCSW, the current CEO, on May 1, 2020.

Julia Hochstadt is a member:
A Therapist’s Advice on Fair Lawn Teens Charged With Drug Offenses
TAPinto Fairlawn/Glen Rock
Within a week, there were arrests of three juveniles with drugs, cash and paraphernalia, and police charged some of them with the intent to sell. While many parents say, ‘my kid never does any of that stuff,’ clearly these kids were involved, and they could be anyone’s neighbors.… So, what’s a parent to do? TAPinto asked that of psychotherapist Julia Hochstadt, LCSW, who has been working with survivors of trauma and crime for nearly 20 years in hospital-based and private practice settings.

Senate Committee Aims To Improve Child Protective Services Plagued By Vacancies, High Turnover
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Select Committee on Children and Families Chair Tom Takubo, R-Kanawha, asked West Virginia chapter of the National Association of Social Workers CEO Sam Hickman why more college graduates with social degrees aren’t taking jobs with DHHR. “The issue is not the number of people coming out of social work degree programs. The issue is whether or not they want to work for the DHHR — and whether DHHR can make them want to work for them,” Hickman responded. “The only thing I see that you haven’t tried is a salary differential or a little bit of a pay bump for somebody who’s really coming in with the degree that you want to put it out in front of our kids and families.”

LeAnn E. Bruce is a member:
Dr. LeAnn Bruce presents “Welcome to Miss Kindheart’s Class” the first in a series of stories to help children face their challenges while developing compassion
“Welcome to Miss Kindheart’s Class: Where compassion is the lesson of the day – everyday!” A profound book that appeals both to children as well as the adults who care about them. Through a series of stories, told from the perspective of the child characters, the reader is transported to a very special classroom where children learn to recognize and use their strengths to help themselves and others face their challenges. “Welcome to Miss Kindheart’s Class: Where compassion is the lesson of the day – everyday!” is the creation of published author Dr. LeAnn E. Bruce, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, mother of two, grandmother of four and new great-grandmother.

Colorado insurers would be required to cover annual mental health check-ups under bill in legislature
The Denver Post
If a bill working its way through the Colorado House passes, most insurance plans would have to cover an annual mental health evaluation the way they do a check-up with your primary care doctor. House Bill 1086 would require insurance plans regulated by the state of Colorado to cover a visit of up to 60 minutes with a clinical social worker, addictions counselor or other mental health provider. Federally regulated plans, like Medicare Advantage, wouldn’t be included, and people whose employer coverage comes from a different state also wouldn’t be covered.

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