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News Items – March 19, 2019

Kay Castillo is Director of Advocacy, Policy and Legislation for NASW-NC:
Mental health providers, others ask for delay to electronic health record requirement
North Carolina Health News
While most hospital systems and large clinics and physician practices have been online for several years, many smaller providers, in particular behavioral health providers, have not yet gotten their health records into bits and bytes. “There are not many electronic health records just for behavioral health,” said Kay Castillo, the lobbyist for the National Association of Social Workers. “Most of them are physical health, you know what shots did you give, what medication did you prescribe.” Castillo is among the providers who are urging lawmakers to pass a bill delaying the deadlines for behavioral health providers to have EHRs until as late as 2021.

Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Reform to Protect Health Care and Social Services Workers From Workplace Violence
Insurance News Net
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Ranking Member of the Senate Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee, today introduced legislation to protect health care and social services employees from workplace violence. In recent years, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) agreed to undergo rulemaking on health care workplace violence, and do what some employers are doing voluntarily, and what safety experts and some Members of Congress have been calling for years but action has stalled under the Trump Administration. The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act directs OSHA to issue a standard requiring health care and social service employers to write and implement a workplace violence prevention plan to prevent and protect their employees from violent incidents.

Social workers fill critical needs
Herald-Star (Steubenville, OH)
Social workers help people across all socioeconomic lines. March is Social Worker Month, and a good time to thank those working the front lines of helping people. There are about 680,000 social workers across the country, dedicating their lives to helping others. They aren’t in it for the money, since social workers’ income is generally low. Social workers help people of every age. They work from protecting children to helping the elderly.

Toni Coleman is a member:
5 Things You Need to Know to Survive and Thrive After a Divorce: With Toni Coleman
Thrive Global
As part of my series about the “5 Things You Need To Know To Survive And Thrive After A Divorce” I had the pleasure of interviewing Toni Coleman. Toni Coleman, LCSW, CMC is an internationally recognized psychotherapist, relationship coach, nonverbal communications expert, and divorce mediator with many years of experience working with individuals and couples. Her expertise is frequently sought by local and national publications and top ranked dating and relationship websites and she has been a guest on a number of radio and TV programs.

Katie Hurley is a member:
[Video] Therapist, Katie Hurley, discusses new book “No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising a Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girl”
No More Mean Girls is a guide for parents to help their young daughters navigate tricky territories such as friendship building, creating an authentic self, standing up for themselves and others, and expressing themselves in a healthy way. Katie Hurley, LCSW, is a child and adolescent psychotherapist, writer and speaker in Los Angeles, CA. Katie earned her BA in psychology and women’s studies from Boston College and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania.

Cynthia Catchings is a member:
How to Own Your Instincts (and Beat Your Insecurities)
Thrive Global
In her 15 years of working as a professor and licensed Talkspace psychotherapist, Cynthia Catchings, LCSW-S, has observed how people’s insecurities affect them across different settings. “Within the last few years, people’s most common insecurities have remained consistent,” Catchings shared. “Physical appearance, introversion, overthinking, fear of not fitting in, imposter syndrome, and fear of rejection are some of the most typical ones.”

Rachel Sussman is a member:
To Have More Sex, Put It On Your Calendar
“I am a big fan of scheduling sex, and a lot of couples will at first be resistant to the idea because it doesn’t feel spontaneous,” explains Rachel A. Sussman, LCSW, a relationship therapist in New York City. That’s because spontaneous sex can be really difficult, she says. “We all live really busy lives, and — especially if you’re married with small children — having a spontaneous sex life is nearly impossible.” The solution? Get out your planners and schedule it.

Upcoming events to celebrate ‘Social Work Month,’ ‘elevate’ profession
Tuskegee University
Events at Tuskegee University this week and through the remainder of March will help highlight the ways in which social workers empower others and this year’s national Social Work Month theme of “Elevate Social Work.” The annual emphasis on social work in March is an effort of the National Association of Social Workers. Activities planned by the Department of Social Work, a part of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences, will inform the campus and surrounding communities about the crucial role social workers have played for more than a century in improving our society and empowering others so they live to their fullest potential.

Need More Social Workers In Kansas? Advocates And Providers Say Loosen Standards
But Kansas employers often lose out to neighboring states with lower standards for clinical social worker certification, said [Becky Fast, executive director of the Kansas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers]. One reason: the cost of paying a clinician to oversee training time, which can be as much as $70 an hour. “Most social workers now have to pay for that clinical supervision because agencies can’t afford to lose that billable time,” Fast told lawmakers. “You’re paying several thousand dollars. Many just give up and say, ‘I’m going to move to Missouri.’” Fast told legislators that it took her two years to get her clinical license in Missouri, while her colleagues working in Kansas needed three or four years to complete the required hours.

Meredith Barnhart is a member:
4 important self-care tips for cancer survivors that are often overlooked
Mountain Grove News-Journal (MO)
Most of us have so many things on our to-do list that we often neglect our own personal needs. Self-care is necessary for everyone, but this is especially true for those affected by a life-altering disease like cancer. Whether you’re a patient or caregiver, self-care is essential to find some relief from what can feel like an all-encompassing disease. Meredith Barnhart, director of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Information Resource Center, and a licensed clinical social worker, leads a team of social workers, nurses and health educators who provide blood cancer patients and caregivers with free personalized information and support tailored to their specific diagnosis and needs.

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