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News Items – September 26, 2011

HHS announces $224 million to support evidence-based home visiting programs to
MarketWatch (press release)
WASHINGTON, Sep 22, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $224 million to help at-risk families voluntarily receive home visits from nurses and social workers to improve maternal and child health, child development, school readiness, economic self-sufficiency, and child abuse prevention. As part of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, these grants are funded by the Affordable Care Act and are awarded to state agencies that applied for the grants in 49 states across the country.

Social work professor educates on elder abuse during lecture series
Downtown Devil
ASU Social Work professor Robin Bonifas detailed the facets of elder abuse, which can include physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and verbal abuse.

USC College of Social Work launches center for low-income neighborhoods
The Gamecock
Jeremy Aaron | The Daily Gamecock For College of Social Work professors Darcy Freedman and Ron Pitner, Tuesday evening’s kickoff celebration for the Community Empowerment Center (CEC) in Columbia’s Gonzales Gardens and Lyon Street neighborhoods was the first step in bringing months of planning into fruition.

Domestic abuse victim shares her difficult past
The Statesman
Rachel, A social work student, speaks to students about domestic abuse Thursday, on the TSC Patio. During the first part of her speech, Rachel wore the red and black her ex-husband forced her to wear before she ran away from him.

Once homeless, now independent at 19
Springfield News-Leader
Stokes takes classes at OTC and hopes to become a social worker. Rare Breed is an offshoot of The Kitchen, a local charity dedicated to addressing poverty and homelessness in the area. Rare Breed first began in 1999 to address the issue of homeless teens who couldn’t get access to needed services. At 17, teens can legally be on their own but are too young to be served by most adult outreach programs and too old to access state children’s services.

NAACP leader talks of Troy Davis execution
Baltimore Sun
Jealous told a group of social workers and teachers Saturday who were celebrating the 50th anniversary of the University of Maryland School of Social Work that they could use Davis’ experience to shape their own life journeys.

Letters: Bullying of Gay Students, and Suicides
The New York Times
It should come as no surprise that, according to 2008 data from the Centers for Disease Control, the rate of suicide attempts among gay and lesbian youth is two to four times that of other high school students.

UT Arlington names professorship in social work for slain officer
Fort Worth Star Telegram
ARLINGTON — The University of Texas at Arlington has named a $250,000 endowed social-work professorship for police officer Jillian Michele Smith, who was fatally shot in December by a man who killed his ex-girlfriend at the same time.

WPATH Releases New Standards of Care for Trans Patients
Just Out
Though long overdue, this condemnation of gender-conversion or gender-reparative psychotherapies sets a new ethical standard for the mental health professions. Sexual orientation conversion therapies have been rejected by the American Psychiatric Organization, the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, the National Association of Social Workers and many other professional associations for over a decade. Yet the mental health and medical professions have maintained a double standard for trans, transsexual and gender nonconforming people victimized by analogous gender-reparative therapies that are equally harmful.

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