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News Items – August 30, 2017

A.M. Best Assigns Credit Ratings to NASW Risk Retention Group, Inc.
A.M. Best has assigned a Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and a Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a-” to NASW Risk Retention Group, Inc. (NASW RRG) (Washington D.C.). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. Concurrently, A.M. Best has affirmed the FSR of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a-” of NASW Insurance Company (NASWIC) (Washington D.C.). The outlook of these ratings is stable. NASW RRG and NASWIC are collectively referred to as NASW Insurance Group.

Dawn Rochelle is a member:
Children’s book holds life lessons for Onslow leader
Jacksonville Daily News (NC)
Dawn Rochelle, 51: Jacksonville is my home. I am a community organizer with a passion to see life different for children and families. My career started in Onslow County 30 years ago as part of a government contract to address substance abuse issues in the active duty military population. That position led me to my work with families where I served within the public child welfare system primarily focused on permanency for children. I have served since 2001 as the Executive Director of the Onslow County Partnership for Children, which is an organization founded in 1998 as part of the Smart Start Early Childhood Initiative in North Carolina.

Jonathan Singer is a member:
Why Are So Many Young Children Killing Themselves?
“Kids who say they want to kill themselves may grow up to be adolescents who die by suicide,” said Jonathan B. Singer, PhD, LCSW, associate professor at Loyola University’s School of Social Work, and chair of the National Association of Social Workers’ Children, Adolescents, and Young Adult specialty practice section.

Nursing home patient rights quashed in Trump administration proposal, critics say
Eureka Times-Standard (CA)
Nursing home patients who experience neglect, abuse or just a general grievance may find it difficult to bring their case to court under a proposed federal policy shift under President Donald Trump’s administration, according to local critics.… The latest proposal has drawn strong opposition from organizations such as the AARP, the National Association of Social Workers and the National Association of State Long-term Care Ombudsman Program, which claim the change will stack the deck against patients.

Heather Cherry is a member:
Transgender and Intersex Healthcare at the Veterans Healthcare System
South Florida Gay News
According to Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Heather Cherry, who is the LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator at the Miami VA Healthcare System, many of the VA Healthcare System personnel are veterans. Cherry reported that there has never been a distraction from the work that healthcare providers and support personnel are doing in the VA Healthcare System. When asked if she could provide any insight as to why the Department of Veterans Affairs pursued a transgender and intersex inclusive path sooner than the Department of Defense, Cherry responded, “I can’t specifically say what the catalyst was on a national level to create the mandates, but the mandates paved the path. I know as a provider, and as a veteran, I am drawn to make sure that “no veteran is left behind.”  I believe the innate culture of the VA also holds this to be true.  “We serve all who served” is a core belief and as a system, we are always looking to increase the quality of our services and to make sure that all eligible veterans receive that highest standard of care.”

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