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News Items – December 11, 2013

News Items – December 11, 2013

Rothman report inspires a student-led movement
Social Work Helper
In 2012, Dr. Jack Rothman, a prominent author and academic, issued a report on the current state of social work macro practice. The study identified barriers in schools of social work which have shown a steady decline in social work engagement with community organizing, policy making, and political activism.

SAMHSA selects SSW institute to lead national technical assistance network
News at University of Maryland
The University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW) has announced that the School’s Institute for Innovation and Implementation has been awarded a five-year contract totaling $17 million by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Through this new SAMHSA award, The Institute serves as the lead and coordinating entity for the Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (TA Network), a partnership with three other universities and seven organizations.

When palliative care is the best care
Kaiser Health News & The Seattle Times
Hospitals around the country are increasingly starting palliative care programs, designed to relieve seriously ill patients’ pain, stress and symptoms regardless of how long they have to live. While some patients are close to death, others are still receiving treatment to extend their days. And as they do, the palliative care team, including doctors, social workers, nurses and chaplains, tries to improve their quality of life.

Rally supports nationwide minimum-wage fight
Charleston Gazette
Sam Hickman, executive director of West Virginia’s chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, held up a graphic showing the relations between education and earning the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Nationally, 28 percent never graduated from high school, 31 percent have high school diplomas and 34 have some college courses or a two-year associate’s degree. Only 7 percent have bachelor’s degrees.

Virginia at a crossroads in mental health funding
Magellan is employing 139 people — including 100 in Glen Allen — to administer the program. Those employees included licensed clinicians, such as clinical social workers, psychologists and nurses. “Our goal is to make sure there is no disruption in care with this transition,” said Phipps, who is a licensed clinical social worker. “The worst thing that could happen is an individual falls through the cracks.” That is what happened to Austin C. “Gus” Deeds, 24, who stabbed his father multiple times outside of their Millboro home Nov. 19 and then killed himself with a rifle as the wounded senator staggered to the road for help.

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