Ask your Senators and Representative to Cosponsor the Improving Access to Mental Health Act of 2015
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is actively working with Senator Stabenow (D-MI), Senator Mikulski (D-MD) and Representative Lee (D-CA-13) to build bipartisan support for the Improving Access to Mental Health Act of 2015, S. 2173/H.R. 3712, in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Given Senator Stabenow’s background as a social worker and her position on the influential Senate Finance Committee, she will be a strong champion for advancing NASW’s Medicare agenda. Sen. Mikulski, also a social worker, Dean of the Women in the Senate as well as the longest serving woman in the history of the United States Congress is working collaboratively with Sen. Stabenow on this legislation and they are each committed to advancing the bill through the legislative process. Rep. Lee is also a social worker, serves on the House Appropriations Committee and leads the Congressional Social Work Caucus.
The two main goals of the Improving Access to Mental Health Act of 2015 are to increase beneficiary access to clinical social worker (CSW) services and to advance a credible and achievable Medicare agenda for NASW and our membership. The Improving Access to Mental Health Act of 2015 achieves these goals in several ways.
- First, S. 2173/H.R. 3712 increases Medicare reimbursement for CSW services from 75% to 85% of the physician fee schedule rate.
- Second, this bill eliminates restrictions on the delivery of social work services in skilled nursing facilities.
- Finally, S. 2173/H.R. 3712 expands the statutory definition of CSW services to include all services (including Health and Behavior Assessment and Intervention services) that CSWs are authorized to perform under their respective state licensure regulatory constructs.
Please contact your Senators and Representative and ask them to cosponsor S. 2173/H.R. 3712.
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- Dec 4th - "Ethical Issues and Challenges in Working with Older Persons, Their Families, and the Community" with Jacob Stone, for 3 CEU's. $50 members/ $65 Non-Members/ $35 Students. Castleton University.
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Trans Day of Remembrance 2015
Calling the Social Work Profession to Honor the Lost Lives of Trans people and Be in Solidarity With the Trans Community
NASW Statement - Nov. 2015
In unison with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Committee and the Coalition on Race, Diversity and Intersectionality, the National Association of Social Workers – NYC Chapter observes Trans Day of Remembrance in solace and in honor of trans people who have lost their lives to violence perpetuated by transphobia, cissexism and racism.
To date, 22 transgender or gender non-conforming individuals have been killed this year alone in the United States; 19 of which were trans people of color. This is the highest reported rate of homicides of transgender people in the country since the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) began tracking this information and does not include unreported killings. Trans people, in particular trans women of color, are at the intersection of the most marginalized and oppressed identities in our society. According to the 2012 National Transgender Discrimination Survey, trans people are among the most at risk for hate violence, including physical and sexual violence. Transgender youth in schools are also targeted in the education system with youth “in grades K-12 reporting alarming rates of harassment (78%), physical assault (35%) and sexual violence (12%)” The survey also found that due to these forms of violence, 41% of trans people have attempted at some point to take their lives.
It is important to note that trans people are also some of the most economically disadvantaged in the country. The National Transgender Discrimination Survey also found that, “respondents lived in extreme poverty and were nearly four times more likely to have a household income of less than $10,000/year compared to the general population”
When race was factored in the report, it found that “transgender people of color were....
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