NASW-NJ newSWire
October 7, 2017

Upcoming Events  

To see all events, visit our Calendar.
Monday, 10/9, 6pm-8pm
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_
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NASW Puerto Rico Chapter Details Dire Situation on Island

On October 3, NASW Puerto Rico sent NASW National a series of
cellphone text messages describing conditions on the island, from lack of power and water to suicides, and asked that NASW let social workers and others know of their plight. NASW will convey the Chapter's message to members of Congress who are social workers. 

Also, we are pleased to announce that there is now an avenue to donate to the relief efforts.  Donations made to NASW's Social Work Disaster Assistance Fund will go directly to social workers and/or social welfare organizations who can provide assistance to the people of Puerto Rico, as well as the Virgin Islands.
New Social Work Regulations Proposed
Comments due by October 20th
The New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE) has proposed changes to the NJ Social Work Regulations. You are invited to review these proposed changes and send comments to the Board. 
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

You can also send them electronically to
  • Email Subject Line: Board of Social Work Examiners N.J.A.C. 13:44G
  • Email Body: Include your comments to the Rule Proposal, your name, affiliation and contact information (email address and telephone number)
No changes will occur until the new Regulations are adopted by the BSWE. Watch here for updates.
Support a Clean DREAM Act

DACA Program Has Expired

On October 5th, 2017 the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program officially began to expire after President Trump failed to renew it. Those who will lose protections, known as Dreamers, are individuals who were brought to this country as children and have known no other home. A fter voluntarily providing the government with personal information under the promise of an eventual path to citizenship, th ey are now living in fear of being targeted for deportation.
Democrats have proposed the DREAM Act to protect these individuals and offer them the path to citizenship they have hoped for. However, the Act is under attack by Conservatives who hope to erode the protections  afforded by it. They have also requested increased funding for deportation efforts and proposed a grossly insufficient alternative, called the SUCCEED Act.

We urge you to advocate for a clean DREAM Act and NO additional funding for Trump's deportation efforts. 


DIRECTOR - Outpatient 21 hours per week (one evening). LCSW with certification to clinically supervise. Oversee operations - planning, growth, staff, program development. Provide ongoing counseling to clients, couples, and families. Provide clinical supervision for LSWs. Email cover letter/resume to

To view more classifieds on our Web site click here.
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What are you waiting for?! Click here to read the Top 10 Reasons to Join NASW-NJ. Then join us here!

Did you know that there is no limit to the number of online CEUs you can take for your NJ license?

Choose from over 150 courses available on the
Social Work Online CE Institute.
NASW-NJ Now Renting
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Training Room (seats 40):
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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          

PACE Endorses
"Flip The 39th" Candidates

NASW's Politcal Action for Candidate Election is proud to endorse Linda Schwager for Senate and Jannie Chung and Annie Hausman for NJ Assembly in the 39th legislative district. These candidates have teamed up to "Flip The 39th," a staunchly Conservative district where signs of a progressive change have begun appearing.

Although it will be a tough race, a success here would be incredible for social workers and the clients we serve. Two of the current republican legislators, Gerry Cardinale and Holly Schepisi, have been particularly damaging to many of our key bills. Assemblywoman Schepisi has recently led the charge against the Mont Laurel Decision and Fair Share Housing in the state of NJ.

To volunteer with the campaign, fill out this electronic form and mention NASW-NJ in the subject line.
Chung_ Hausman_ _ Schepisi
Chung, Hausman, & Schepisi (L-R)

For a full list of PACE endorsements click here .
Members of the Somerset/Hunterdon Unit gather in Bridgewater for a Meet & Greet!
Revised Code of Ethics
New Guidelines for Use of
Technology and Social Media
The revise NASW Code of Ethics will go into effect on January 1, 2018.

A training will be offered by NASW's Office of Ethics and Professional Review (OEPR) on October 25th. Stay tuned for more details.

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.  
An Hour with Private Practice: Questions & Answers

Preparing for Medicare's Newest Quality Program for Reporting Measures: MACRA

FREE Q&A Session for NASW Members (no CEUs)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Teleconference (12-1pm)

This session is offered by our NASW National Office.
For more information on how to join the call, click here.
Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 10am to 4pm (Lunch included) Location: Doubletree Hotel, 2117 Route 4 Eastbound, Fort Lee, NJ
This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB-NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #98 Course#1545 from 09/20/2017 to 09/20/2019. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 5.25
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.
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.
Nominations for NASW National Awards Due October 25
Recognize and honor exceptional leaders within the profession and our communities who fully embody social work values and ethics.

Awards categories include Social Worker of the Year or Lifetime Achievement, Public Citizen of the Year (for going above and beyond in the community), Public Elected Official of the Year (for leadership in public policy issues important to the profession), Knee/Wittman Lifetime Achievement (for exemplary contributions in health and mental health practice), Knee/Wittman Outstanding Achievement (for significantly affecting national mental health public policy, professional standards, or program models), and the International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award (for advancing the public image of social work).

For more information, contact Sharon Burk at or 202.408.8600, ext. 484.
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
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 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.


The New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers is a diverse membership organization that promotes, develops, and strengthens the professional practice of social work and social workers.
Through advocacy and public policy,
NASW-NJ affects progressive social change and social justice for
individuals, families, and communities.
Please consider joining today!
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