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NASW/CT Upcoming Events

Annual Conference Taking Shape: Mark your calendar for the 32nd Annual Conference on May 12th. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Stanley Battle will be our keynote speaker. Workshops are currently being finalized and a wide range of exhibitors is expected. Watch for the brochure to be posted on our website and sent to members in February.
 
Latino Social Workers Open House: Our Latino/a Social Workers Network invite you to an Open House where you will learn more about the Network's activities, including a mentoring program, socials & networking events and Recognition Dinner. A complimentary dinner and beverages provided. All are welcome. Friday, February 10th, 5-7 PM at the chapter office. RSVP by 2-3-17 to LSWCTNetwork@gmail.com 
 
Clinical Social Worker of the Year Award: The NASW/CT Clinical Social Workers Network is accepting nominations for the 2017 Clinical Social Worker of the Year Award. Watch your email for the criteria and directions on submitting a nomination, or email Steve Karp at skarp@naswct.net for a copy of the call for nominations.
 

Call To Action
 
Contact our U.S. Senators on Trump Nominees: NASW opposes Tom Price for Secretary of Department of Health and Human Service due to his record of seeking to repeal the Affordable Care Act, proposal to block grant Medicaid and making Medicare a voucher program. NASW opposes Ben Carson for Secretary of the Department of Housing & Urban Development as he lacks qualifications to lead an agency of such complexity and he has no experience with housing programs. NASW opposes Jeff Sessions for Attorney General due to his poor record on human and civil rights. Please call Senator Blumenthal at 202-224-2823 and Senator Murphy at 202-224-4041. Encourage our senators to vote NO on these nominees. Even though our senators are good on these issues they need to hear from constituents to offer them our support.
 
Volunteers Sought for Legislative Action: Can you lend a hand on our legislative agenda? We seek members who can make calls to our members, meet with your state legislators, testify or submit testimony and/or write letters to the editor of your local paper. In this particularly challenging year you can make a difference on legislative outcomes. If you can help send an email to Steve Karp at skarp@naswct.net and let Steve know how you want to help.

 
Resources

Private Practice Lunch Series: The following is a link to a copy of the January - June 2017 schedule for "An Hour With Private Practice:  Questions & Answers" http://www.socialworkers.org/includes/newIncludes/homepage/PP-FL-24117.PrivatePracticeQA-NC.pdf. This is a free question and answer series on matters related to private practice.
 
Job Posting Service: NASW/CT sends emails members job postings as we learn about them. This is a FREE service for members only. If you want to receive the postings please email Cara Parsons at ccarroll@naswct.net  with your name and email address. In the subject line write Sign Up For Job Listings. Also visit NASW JOBLINK at http://joblink.socialworkers.org/jobseekers/ for jobs and valuable career resources.
 
 
Announcements

Anthem to Reimburse LMSWs: Anthem is now reimbursing LMSWs providing clinical behavioral health services in accordance with Anthem's "Incident to" reimbursement policy. Anthem will cover the service under the supervising licensed billable provider. Thus the billing must be made under the LCSW or other credentialed clinician. Anthem has made this decision in order to assure compliance with the parity statutes and Anthem hopes to accomplish both improving access to care and to better integrate medical and behavioral  healthcare coordination. For other insurers contact the insurer and inquire if LMSWs are covered providers under "Incident to" billing.
 
Clarification on Online License Renewal: We want to clarify that the LMSW has an online license renewal process. The LCSW continues to be a paper renewal by mail. In the future the LCSW may go to online renewal but not at this time. We apologize for any confusion that our previous notice may have caused.
 
Join a Tweet Chat on Diabetes: The CT State Innovation Model is seeking consumers input on how big a problem is diabetes in our communities? The chat is January 25 @ 3 PM. Register at https://ctdiabetes.eventbrite.com If you are a diabetic or know someone who is please share this announcement.
 
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