NASW-NJ newSWire
September 28, 2017

Upcoming Events  

To see all events, visit our Calendar.
Thursday, 9/28, 5:30pm-7:30pm *TONIGHT*
Somerset/Hunterdon Unit Meet & Greet  
Thursday, 9/28, 6pm-8pm *TONIGHT* 
Tuesday, 10/3, 11am-1pm 
Friday, 10/6, 9am-4:30pm
Wednesday, 10/11, 5pm-6pm
Wednesday, 10/11, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Wednesday, 10/11, 6pm-8pm
Thursday, 10/12, 7pm-9pm
Saturday, 10/14, 9am-4:30pm
Sunday, 10/15, 3pm-5pm
Monday, 10/16, 12pm-2pm

Monday, 10/16, 8am-4pm 
Monday, 10/16, 6pm-7:30pm
Wednesday, 10/18, 12pm-1pm  
Wednesday, 10/18, 7:30pm-9pm
Fridays, 10/20 to 11/3, 9am-2:30pm 
Friday, 10/20, 12pm-1:30pm
Monday, 10/23, 6pm-8pm
Tuesday, 10/24, 10am-1pm
Friday-Sunday,  10/27-10/29 
Did You Know_
NASW-NJ members can find jobs and office rentals on our website.
NASW-NJ Board of Directors following Installation at Wilson Hall, Monmouth University
(see Membership and Awards Dinner below for details)
Major Victory for Healthcare
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that Republicans would not vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care repeal bill. Republicans spent the past two weeks trying to secure the votes needed to pass the bill by the end of the budget reconciliation period this Saturday. Senators John McCain and Rand Paul announced their opposition to the bill last week. Republicans
could only afford to lose one more vote, leaving Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins to determine the fate of the bill. On Monday Collins announced her opposition,  effectively killing the bill's chances of passage. 

While the fight to preserve the Affordable Care Act is far from over, we now have a longer respite than afforded us by the victory in July. The end of the budget reconciliation process will cost Republicans the ability to pass a bill with a simple majority. After two failures under reconciliation, it is unlikely that a repeal would pass in the near future when 60 votes are needed. This enables Congress to engage in a proper process of evaluating health care and developing a plan to improve for improvement.
Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners has received authorization from the Governor to create a temporary registration process for social workers with active licenses in good standing from other U.S. states to provide services in connection to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. 

For more information please visit the Board's web page here.
Membership and Awards Dinner 
On Monday evening, 150 people attended the NASW-NJ annual Membership and Awards Dinner at Wilson Hall on the campus of Monmouth University.
The event included installation of the 2017-2018 Board of Directors and its President, Dr. Tawanda Hubbard.
Dr. Hubbard is the first African American woman to lead the state-wide organization.
Chapter Awards and Harriet Bloomfield Scholarships are now presented at this Fall event (rather than at the Annual Conference). Awardees included:
  • Diane Leach-Thompson - Social Worker of the Year
  • Marilyn Baron - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Valerie Vainieri Huttle - Elected Public Official of the Year
  • Donald Roden - Public Citizen of the Year
  • Ronald Quincy - President's Award
  • Anna Havens & Saima Toppa - Harriet Bloomfield Scholarships

Also, Cinthia Osario, a student from Centenary University received an enthusiastic response when she spoke briefly about her experience as a DACA recipient.


Click here for a brief "Thank You" to all who joined us for this wonderful evening.


CRANBURY - Office Space available for sublet in charming Cranbury. Furnished, tastefully appointed office, share common waiting area with 3 LCSW's. Rent includes internet, phone, copier and fax machine. Ample parking. Available Nov. 1 $660.00/mo. Call 609-802-5812.

SHREWSBURY - New rental offices available! Great location, next to Bagel Masters and The Grove. Will rent full-time or part-time. Bright and sunny ground floor office (3 available), large windows. Brand new carpet, new paint, new bathrooms, and new furniture! Busy Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner practice. Lots of referrals. Call Val 732-444-8802.
To view more classifieds on our Web site click here.
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30 Silverline Drive, Suite 3
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Main: 732-296-8070
Fax: 732-296-8074

Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, LCSW

Mary Jean Weston, MSW, LCSW
Interim Executive Director          

Social Work Regulations are Changing:
Review and Comment

The New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE) has proposed changes to the NJ Social Work Regulations. The public is invited to review these proposed changes and send their comments to the Board. 
Comments are due to the Board by October 20th. 
Click here to read proposed changes to the Regulations.

You may submit written comments by October 20, 2017, to:
J. Michael Walker, Executive Director
State Board of Social Work Examiners
PO Box 45033
Newark, New Jersey 07101

No changes will occur until the new Regulations are adopted by the BSWE. Watch here for updates.
Join Us for Hill Day 2017

On October 2 - 3, join the  National Association of Social Workers  and the  National Council for Behavioral Health  for Hill Day 2017 in Washington, D.C.  
Hill Day is an opportunity for hundreds of behavioral health providers, consumers, family members, board members, administrators and community stakeholders to advocate for better resources for mental health and addiction treatment across the country.
Registration for Hill Day is free and includes access to policy sessions, workshops and keynote speakers on Monday, October 2. Visits to elected officials on Capitol Hill will take place on Tuesday, October 3.

With 20 national partners, Hill Day is the largest behavioral health advocacy event of the year. 

Learn more by clicking here. Click here to register.

Office Ally and Horizon BCBS New Jersey

Office Ally will once again be processing electronic claims to Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Payer ID 22099.

In order for your claims to begin going electronically, Horizon requires that you complete the EDI Enrollment form. Once you've been approved, you must notify Office Ally of the approval before your claims can go electronically.

Please note, however, that Horizon is a "non-par payer" which means that if greater than or equal to 50% of your claim volume in a month go to Government/Non-Par (G/NP) payers (which include Medicare and Horizon BCBS NJ, among others - see Office Ally website for complete list of providers), your account is subject to a processing fee of $19.95 for that month.

For questions or assistance, call Office Ally at (360) 975-7000, option 1.
Revised Code of Ethics

On August 4th, the Delegate Assembly approved a substantive revision to the NASW Code of Ethics that focused largely on the use of technology and the implications for ethical practice. The  Code continues to be the most accepted standard for social work ethical practice worldwide.
With emergent technological advances over the last two decades, the profession could not ignore the necessity for more clarity around the complex implications of new forms of communication and relationship building through technology.   
  The new Code will go into effect on January 1, 2018.

In the meantime, training and technical assistance opportunities will be made available through the Office of Ethics and Professional Review and the NASW website. Copies of the new Code will be available by November 1, 2017. You can pre-order a copy by calling NASW Press at 800.227.3590.
View FAQs for a listing of the revised sections of the Code here.  
PACE Endorses Sen. Bob Gordon

NASW's Politcal Action for Candidate Election is proud to endorse Senator Robert Gordon's reelection campaign in the 38th District. Senator Gordon has been a champion for social work and the clients we serve. He is the leading sponsor on the Parity bill, one of the primary pieces of legislation we're working to develop, and scored a 100% on our legislative scorecard.

For a full list of PACE endorsements click here.
For volunteer opportunities with the Phil Murphy Campaign, contact our Advocacy Associate, Anthony Gallo at  
732-296-8070 x115.
Health Care Conference njahcsw
(6 Clinical, Ethics CEUs)

Social Work Issues in End of Life and Palliative Care Across the Health Care Continuum
(Given by the NJ Association of Health Care Social Workers)
October 16, 2017  from 8:00am - 4:00pm
Pines Manor in Edison
Note: CEUs valid for NJ licensed social workers, not for NY.
Full schedule and cost available on the conference homepage here.
Upcoming CE Courses
How to be a Sex Positive Therapist: This is Not Your Gym Teacher's Presentation
(3 Clinical CEUs)
Presenter: Melissa Donahue, LCSW, CST
Tuesday, October 24 from 10:00am - 1:00pm in Wayne
Info & Registration

NASW-NJ Leadership Development Program:
Leading Through a New Lens
(20 General CEUs, including 4 Ethics & 4 Soc/Cultural)
October 27, 28, and 29 in North Brunswick
Info & Registration

Health and Healthcare for LGBT+ Populations - LIVE WEBINAR 
(2 General, Social/Cultural CEUs) 
December 11 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm via webinar
Info & Registration 

Looking for more courses?
View the full list of scheduled NASW-NJ CE Courses (and keep an eye out as we add more!) on our Web site here.
Actions Social Workers Can Take to Stand with Dreamers

As social workers, we know that anything that threatens the well-being and livelihood of our communities becomes an issue that impacts our profession and our country. As our NASW Code of Ethics indicates, the primary mission of our profession is to enhance the human well-being of all people, help meet basic needs and empower individuals. When we entered this profession, we did so under an obligation to uphold a core set of values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, and integrity which are the foundation our code of ethics is built on.

Protecting dreamers and providing them with the opportunities they have earned is more than an immigration issue. It's a human issue, a health and mental health issue. Since the election, direct care providers have seen a rise in anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Together, there is much we can do to fight this important battle.

For the full article from Social Work Helper, click here.
Test Prep Courses
LSWGuide *NEW!* This course includes your own copy of the Revised ASWB Masters Exam Guide (written by Dawn Apgar, printed by Springer Publishing) AND a personal code to download the app version of the book and its supplemental materials.
LCSW Test Prep
October 6 - *SOLD OUT*
December 8 - Register

LSW Test Prep
October 14 - Register
November 28 - Register
Private Practice Shared Interest Group (PPSIG) Meetings   

If you are in Private Practice or are interested in Private Practice related issues and would like to be added to one of the 10 locally-based PPSIGs, send an email to Christina Mina at with the name of the group you would like to join.

Click on the PPSIG names for information & to register:

October 3 - Bergen PPSIG (meets in Teaneck) 
October 12 - Monmouth/Ocean PPSIG (meets in Eatontown)
October 16 - North/Central PPSIG (meets in Bridgewater)
October 20 - Middlesex PPSIG (meets in North Brunswick) 

For a full list of PPSIGs, click here.


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Through advocacy and public policy,
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individuals, families, and communities.
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