August 2018

A friendly reminder that if you are a licensed social worker, your license renewal is due September 30, 2018. If you are a LICSW, in addition to having enough CEUs, you MUST be registered as a non-billing or billing provider with MassHealth, regardless of your practice or if you are retired. You can read more about this requirement and access the application here. Failure to complete this paperwork may result in loss or suspension of licens e. If you have any questions, please contact MassHealth directly: 1-800-841-2900.

If you need more CEUs, we have a fabulous line-up of programs happening throughout the month of September. Join us to learn more about opioid misuse , the neurobiological treatment of trauma , shame , eating disorders , and more. Details on all of our upcoming programs are below.

Additionally, yesterday marked the end of the legislative session and we are proud of all that we've accomplished this year. You can read more about all of our legislative wins in the Social Work Action Center section below.

An important part of our legislative work is endorsing candidates who represent social work values. See all of our endorsements below and don't forget to register to vote! The deadline to register to vote in the September Primary is Au gust 15, and if you will be away on 9/4, be sure to get an absentee ballot!

Thanks for all that you do and enjoy the last few weeks of summer!


Jamie Klufts
Communications Director
617-227-9635 x119

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Introducing myNASW: A New Member Benefit!
Need answers? Want help? Introducing a new member benefit! MyNASW Community—a members-only online space—is your go-to for all things social work:

  • Post questions and participate in discussions specific to your specialty or practice setting
  • Search for and connect with your peers via the member directory
  • Browse documents and digital resources shared by fellow members
Help Us Honor Social Work Leaders in MA! - Join Awards Committee
NASW-MA is seeking members for its Awards Committee. The purpose of the Committee is:
  1. To actively seek and solicit nominations for awards offered by NASW-MA in order to ensure a high-quality pool of nominees that reflects the racial, ethnic, geographic, and practice area diversity of the social work profession.
  2. To evaluate nominees for each award based on the criteria and guidelines for each award.
  3. To select a winner in each category.
  4. To review award categories and criteria and make and review suggestions for new awards.

Contact Cassandra Prager with any questions and to learn how to apply. The deadline to put your name forward is early September, so act soon!
Seeking Members: NASW-MA Racial Justice Council
As part of the Chapter's 2018-2020 Strategic Plan, we are forming a Racial Justice Council to ensure that our internal and external work promotes and supports equity, diversity, and inclusion. Are you interested in joining? Please send a one-page letter of interest and an updated resume to Jamie Klufts ( by September 7th. Council members will be screened and appointed by the board of directors at the end of September.

You can read the 2018-2020 Strategic Plan here that outlines the NASW-MA Chapter goals for racial justice and the creation of the council.
Become a CE Reviewer and attend NASW CE Programs FREE 
The Collaborative, our Chapter's CE program approval program, is seeking NASW members to be reviewers of continuing education programs.

Qualifications: LICSW or LCSW with 5 or more years of experience. Understand professional continuing education and be able to evaluate whether programs meet the needs of licensed social workers. Must be available by email.

Responsibilities: Process 15 to 20 applications a month and return results within 10 business days.

Reviewers earn vouchers to be used in lieu of payment for any NASW CE program! Send resume and a letter of reference to Adam Linn, Collaborative Coordinator, at
In Your Mailbox: Social Work Voice
The July/August issue landed in your mailbox around July 15 and includes:

  • Fall 2018 continuing education programming line-up (with mail-in registration form)
  • Health Care Transformation: The Role of Social Workers in Accountable Care Organizations
  • Chapter Election Results: Meet the NASW-MA Board of Directors
  • Clients Who Don't Change: What's a Clinician to Do?
  • Managed Care News
  • ...and more!
Have an upcoming event, job opening, or other opportunity to share with the social work community? Advertise with us! All ads appear on our website and are published in Social Work Voice. The ad deadline for the upcoming September/October issue is August 24. Email Jamie Klufts for more information.
Greater Boston
Translating Clinical Skills into Advocacy Strategies:
The Political Social Worker
2 CEUs Available!
This 2 CEU workshop will provide an overview of the State’s legislative process and how to effectively lobby lawmakers by harnessing what you learned in social work school. Come and see how clinical skills can be used when discussing legislation with stakeholders.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Downtown Boston (exact location TBA)

Speakers: Sophie Hansen, LCSW, Political Director, NASW - MA Chapter, and Jordan Berg Powers, Executive Director, Mass Alliance. 

Free for NASW-MA members / $10 for non-members!
Meet, Greet, and Eat!
A Social Work Networking Event!
Join the NASW-MA Northeast Regional Council for a family-friendly event to meet fellow social workers in the Northeast Region. Learn more about NASW-MA, the Northeast Regional Council, and how to get involved in political advocacy in the region as a social worker. Special guests include: Sophie Hansen, NASW Political Director, and Beth Morrison, Northeast Regional Coordinator. 

Sunday, August 26, 2018
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Kimball Farm, 400 Littleton Road, Westford, MA

Please meet in the large tent behind the grill and seafood shack.
Central MA
Portraits of Professional Caregivers: Their Passion. Their Pain.
2 CEUs Available!
Join us for a screening of  CAREgivers , an award-winning film examining the lives of caregivers and public servants.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 pm
GVNA Fitchburg Adult Day Health
481 Electric Avenue, Fitchburg

The screening will be followed by an interactive   group activity and discussion.
Greater Boston
The Neurobiological Treatment of Trauma
3 CEUs Available!
Attendees will learn to define and unpack layers of trauma and related components, as well as the meridian tapping technique for releasing and eliminating traumatic emotions for use with clients. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
9:30 am - 12:45 pm
The Walker Center
144 Hancock St., Auburndale

Speaker: Judith Swack, PhD, President, Healing from the Body Level Up, Inc.
Greater Boston
Confronting Opioid Misuse in MA: Leveraging Social Work Expertise
6 CEUs Available!
This program will confront the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts, from macro to micro, equipping attendees with trend data, information about the social determinants of health, screening and identification tools, and evidence-based treatment strategies. 

Friday, September 14, 2018
9:15 am - 5:00 pm
Boston University, Photonics Colloquium Room, 9th Fl., 8 St. Mary’s St., Boston
  • Sarah Ruiz, MSW, MA Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (just added!)
  • Jorge Delva, PhD, Dean, Boston University School of Social Work
  • Lee W. Ellenberg, LICSW, Training Manager, Massachusetts Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment - Training & Technical Assistance (MASBIRT TTA) Program, Boston Medical Center
  • Nicole LeBlanc, LICSW, Trauma Integration Specialist, Institute for Health and Recovery 

NEW: Boston Public Health Commission will also join us for an optional Narcan and overdose prevention training during the lunch break!
Greater Boston
Fall Film Festival: Félicité
3 CEUs Available!
Join us for a screening and discussion of the 2017 film Félicité, about a Congolese singer who finds financial and emotional support after her 14-year-old son's accident from a regular in the bar where she performs.

Sunday, September 16, 2018
2:00 - 5:30 pm
The Studio Cinema, Belmont

Discussant: Hugo Kamya, PhD, Professor, Simmons School of Social Work
Greater Boston
The Power of Shame
3 CEUs Available!
This workshop will explore the role shame plays in criminal, abusive, addictive, and self-destructive behaviors. Implications for interviewing and treatment approaches will be covered as well as the challenges to counter-transference management represented by shame.

Monday, September 17, 2018
9:00 am - 12:15 pm
Parish of St. Michael, Bedford

Speaker: Linda (Lynn) T. Sanford, LICSW 
Pioneer Valley
Being Mortal: Conversations About End of Life Care
2 CEUs Available!
Join us for a screening of "Being Mortal" and a conversation about end of life care.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
4:30 - 6:30 pm
GVNA Greenfield Adult Day Health
489 Bernardston Rd., Suite 207

The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Chauntelle Carty, RN, BSN, CHPN , Director of Hospice, GVNA Healthcare, Inc, and  Ellen Sparrow, LICSW, ACHP-SW , Social Worker/Co-Director GVNA Fitchburg Adult Day Health Center.
Greater Boston
Understanding Eating Disorders: A Primer for Clinicians
3 CEUs Available!
Eating disorder diagnoses have historically caused fear in providers. Although eating disorders are dangerous mental illnesses, recovery from an eating disorder is possible with appropriate treatment. This program will leave attendees with a better understanding of the symptoms and diagnosis of eating disorders as well as provide tools and therapeutic interventions for the treatment of eating disorders. 

Thursday, September 20, 2018
9:30 am - 12:45 pm
Temple Israel, Boston

note: program was originally scheduled to take place at the Dedham Holiday Inn

Speaker: Monique Bellefleur, Ed.M, LMHC, Clinician & Director of Community Education, Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA)
Functional Medicine:
Exploring the Gut-Brain Connection and the Effects of Trauma
3 CEUs Available!
The presentation will provide an intro to functional medicine, the brain-gut connection and how trauma is connected to chronic illnesses, the ACE Score, and will allow for question and answers at end of the presentation.

Friday, September 21, 2018
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Child and Family Services
3057 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford

Speakers: Achina Stein, DO, DFAPA, ABIHM, IFMCP , and Sally Davidson, RN, MS, ANP-BC, IFMCP
Greater Boston
Fall Film Festival: The Florida Project
3 CEUs Available!
Join us for a screening of the 2017 film The Florida Project, followed by a discussion centered on working with homeless and otherwise marginalized families.

Sunday, September 23, 2018
2:00 - 5:30 pm
The Studio Cinema, Belmont

Discussants: Janice Furlong, LICSW, Faculty, Boston University School of Social Work, and Katy Novick Nolan, LICSW, Faculty, Simmons School of Social Work
Greater Boston
Fall Film Festival: The Insult
3 CEUs Available!
Join us for a screening of the 2017 film The Insult, examining how an emotional exchange between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee results in a court case that gets national attention. 

Sunday, September 30, 2018
2:00 - 5:30 pm
The Studio Cinema, Belmont

Discussant: Noha Sadek, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist
Greater Boston
Fall Film Festival: Strong Island
3 CEUs Available!
Join us for a screening of the 2017 documentary Strong Island, examining the violent death of the filmmaker's brother and the judicial system that allowed his killer to go free.

Sunday, November 4, 2018
2:00 - 5:30 pm
The Studio Cinema, Belmont

Discussant: Holly Aldrich, LICSW, Founding Director, Center for Homicide Bereavement, a service of the Victims of Violence (VOV) Program at the Cambridge Health Alliance
Join The National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign!
Join the Voting is Social Work Coalition for a webinar tomorrow on August 2, from 12:00 - 1:00 pm .

You can join by 1) video/audio from your computer or phone  OR 2) Call into the number listed below. Training slides will be shown to those on video connection. 

Join by video here or call 1-415-655-0002, Meeting # (access code): 642 583 145
Upholding Protections for Transgender Individuals at the Ballot this November: Vote YES on 3!
Join NASW-MA and stand with transgender individuals on Nov. 6 (general election day) by voting YES on Question 3! A "yes" vote is a vote to uphold a Massachusetts law enacted in 2016 that protects transgender people from discrimination in public spaces, like restaurants, shops, and doctors’ offices. 
Want to get involved? Help the campaign to have thousands of conversations with voters about what’s at stake—dignity and respect for our transgender neighbors. And we’ll make sure they know: In the 2 years this law has been in place, there has been no increase in public safety incidents. Anything else is simply misinformation.  
But it’s misinformation that could swing what is shaping up to be an extremely tight vote. We have to make sure voters know the truth.  Learn how you can make calls from home or knock doors by clicking here .
Legislative Wins and Looking Forward
As you know, our Massachusetts legislative session came to a close on July 31st. We've had several great wins this session and some work that will carry on into the next session. Thank you for your phone calls, e-mails and meetings with your legislators that made so much of these wins and progress possible!
2017-2018 Legislative Wins:
  1. Protection for Pregnant Workers - signed 07/27/17
  2. ACCESS: Birth Control with No Co-Pay - signed 11/20/17
  3. PATCH: Protecting Access to Confidential Healthcare - signed 04/02/18
  4. An Act Relative to Criminal Justice Reform - signed 04/13/18
  5. An Act Relative to Solitary Confinement (bundled with CJ Reform bill) - signed 04/13/18
  6. Paid Family Medical Leave & $15 Minimum Wage - signed 06/28/18

  • The Opioid Bill is on its way to the Governor's desk to be signed after much discussion in both branches. The final version includes a study of the efficacy of 72-hour holds, expands MAT in correctional facilities and Emergency Departments, and the human services repayment program was ultimately removed.

Work Continued...

  • Lifting the Welfare Cap on Kids was included in the final budget. However, Governor Baker vetoed this provision and included an amendment that cuts children’s TAFDC when the parent has a severe disability and receives SSI. Around 5,200 children across Massachusetts would lose all of their TAFDC and the benefits of 2,100 children would be drastically cut. Fortunately, both the House and Senate demonstrated their commitment to these children and overrode this veto. Please call the Governor's office and ask him to sign the budget and include Lift the Cap as written by the Legislature at (888) 870-7770. We are a proud member of the steering committee and hope to get this over the finish line.

  • The Healthcare Omnibus bill that included work on Clawbacks, Telemental Health and Ghost Networks had been sent to conference for the two branches to come to an agreement. Unfortunately, the special committee could not come to consensus on this bill and ultimately did not make it over the finish line. We will pick up where we left off and continue our work in January when formal sessions begin.

  • LGBTQ Conversion Therapy Ban had passed the House in late June, and passed the Senate late last night, however was unable to be formally enacted under the tight deadline and therefore will not be sent to the Governor's desk. This will continue to be a top priority for the chapter next session.
What Legislative Wins Do You Want to See?

While we have many legislative accomplishments to be proud of, there is still work to be done. We are already thinking about the next two-year legislative session that runs from January 2019 to July 2020.

Deadline is September 4th.

Want to help set NASW-MA's legislative agenda for 2019 - 2020? Email Sophie to join the Chapter's Legislative Advocacy Committee (LAC).
Bring Your Voice to the State House...Provide Testimony!
Our Chapter testifies at the State House in support or opposition of various bills, often those that are on our legislative agenda or at the request of coalition partners. We encourage social workers in all settings to come to hearings and make their voice heard on issues that make a difference in the social work profession and the clients we serve.

To this end, we are preparing for the next session by creating a Testimony Speaker Bureau of social workers who are experts in a variety of areas, to be mobilized when a bill needs the voice of social workers.
  • Participate in a brief (15-30 minute) webinar, sometime in the fall, regarding public hearings and how to prepare oral and submit written testimony.
  • Sophie will reach out to you requesting testimony throughout the two-year session (Jan 2019-July 2020) as opportunities arise. Sometimes we are only given a few days notice.
  • This is an on-call volunteer position and there is no requirement to attend a hearing if it does not work with your schedule.
  • All hearings are located at the State House in Boston, typically Monday-Thursday during business hours (9a-5p).

Want to share your expertise in the form of testimony? Please fill out this survey
Paid Family and Medical Leave is Law... Now What?
Paid Family and Medical Leave was signed into law by Governor Baker earlier this summer and is effective 01/01/19.

Read more about the basics of this law and its provisions by following the hyperlinks!
Have you made a plan to vote in the Primary Elections on September 4th? PACE, our Chapter PAC, has been busy interviewing incumbents and challengers alike to endorse those who embody social work values. Endorsements are a great way to foster allies in the State House and to hold them accountable in passing social work-friendly legislation. If you're interested in helping endorsed candidates get elected by canvassing or phone banking , learn more here. To join PACE, email the Chair, Alison at .
NASW-MA's Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) Endorsements
  • Quentin Palfrey for Lieutenant Governor
  • Josh Zakim for Secretary of State
  • Incumbent Maura Healey for Massachusetts Attorney General
  • Incumbent Julian Cyr - State Senate for Cape & Islands
  • Incumbent Sal DiDomenico - State Senate for Middlesex & Suffolk
  • Incumbent Jamie Eldridge - State Senate for Middlesex & Worcester
  • Incumbent Cindy Friedman - State Senate for 4th Middlesex
  • Incumbent Pat Jehlen - State Senate for Second Middlesex
  • Incumbent Eric Lesser - State Senate for First Hampden & Hampshire
  • Incumbent Jason Lewis - State Senate for 5th Middlesex
  • Sue Chalifoux-Zephir - State Senate for Worcester & Middlesex
  • Incumbent Ruth Balser - State Representative for 12th Middlesex District
  • Incumbent Mike Connolly - State Representative for 26th Middlesex District
  • Incumbent Marjorie Decker State Representative for 25th Middlesex District
  • Incumbent Sean Garballey - State Representative for 23rd Middlesex District
  • Tami Gouveia - State Representative for 14th Middlesex District - social worker and NASW Member!
  • Incumbent Jim Hawkins - State Representative for 2nd Bristol District
  • Sabrina Heisey - State Representative for 36th Middlesex District
  • Sarah Hewins - State Representative for 2nd Plymouth District
  • Kevin Higgins - State Representative for 7th Plymouth District
  • Incumbent Natalie Higgins - State Representative for 4th Worcester District
  • Incumbent Jack Lewis - State Representative for 7th Middlesex District
  • Incumbent Joan Meschino - State Representative for 3rd Plymouth District
  • Tram Nguyen - State Representative for 18th Essex District
  • Liz Miranda - State Representative for 5th Suffolk District
Correction from May Managed Care News Minutes (as printed in July/August Social Work Voice)
Reminder: Tufts Health Plan Now Manages Behavioral Health Services for GIC Members
As previously communicated and effective July 1, 2018, Tufts Health Plan now manages behavioral health services for GIC Navigator and Spirit members. Prior to this date, these services were managed by Beacon Health Options. This change applies to existing members, as well as members who enrolled in a GIC Navigator or Spirit plan on or after July 1, 2018.

GIC Spirit members may see any behavioral health provider participating in the Spirit network. An outpatient treatment notification is not required for these services.
Effective for dates of service on or after July 1, 2018, in order for a GIC Navigator member’s behavioral health and substance use disorder services to process at the authorized level of benefits, providers must submit an outpatient treatment notification to Tufts Health Plan. An initial notification must be submitted for GIC Navigator members who are new to the practice or for existing patients whose behavioral health services were previously managed by Beacon Health Options. A notification for any additional visits will also be required. As a reminder, GIC Navigator members may see any behavioral health provider participating in Tufts Health Plan’s network.
Providers can submit notifications for both initial and additional visits by:

Note: Behavioral health outpatient notifications can be backdated up to 30 calendar days. For a list of behavioral health providers, refer to the Find a Doctor search available on the public Provider website. For questions, please call Tufts Health Plan’s Behavioral Health Department at 800-208-9565.

Note: When using the Find a Doctor search, providers and members should click Select Your Plan Name and then choose Navigator GIC or Spirit Plan to view only those providers who are participating in the plan in which the member is enrolled.
Valuable Member Benefit: Join the NASW-MA Private Practice Google Group
The Private Practice Google Group is an exclusive member benefit powered by social work colleagues from across the state and NASW-MA. By signing up you'll receive timely updates from your colleagues about ethics, billing and insurance, and other critical private practice issues. You can also pose your own questions to the group to crowd source answers from colleagues. NASW-MA also uses this platform to send important clinical alerts to members.

Sign up to join the group by sending an email to with "Join Google Group" in the subject line.
In Good Company: The 2018 Optimal Aging Challenge
Have a grand idea to reduce social isolation and loneliness and increase engagement in older populations? Submit to the In Good Company Challenge by September 28!

This competition is sponsored by The Competition Sponsors are Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s AgeLab (MIT AgeLab), Benchmark Senior Living (Benchmark) and GE Healthcare, in collaboration with Massachusetts Governor Baker’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts. Prize Sponsors are MIT AgeLab and Benchmark.
What All LICSWs Must Do to Comply with MassHealth Requirement by September 30, 2018
All Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers (LICSWs) in Massachusetts are required to register with MassHealth as either billing or non-billing providers. This requirement was put in place to ensure that MassHealth is complying with the Affordable Care Act. 

The MA Board of Registration of Social Work REQUIRES ALL LICSWs to meet this requirement by September 30, 2018! Failure to do so could result in the suspension or loss of your license.

Domestic Violence Training Requirement Update
The required training on Domestic & Sexual Violence for all licensed social workers is POSTPONED until 2020.The 2020 requirement for all licensed social workers (LICSWs, LCSWs, LSWs, and LSWAs) is to participate in an  approved Domestic and Sexual Violence training program.  This training was originally to be completed in 2018, but the MA Board of Registration of Social Workers extended the deadline to September 30, 2020. 

NASW MA will develop an approved training with CEUs available to meet this requirement. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months. For more information on this requirement see: Acts of 2014, Chapter 260, “ An Act Relative to Domestic Violence ,” Section 9.

Questions? Contact Jonas Goldenberg:
What to Know About ACOs
Still confused about what exactly an ACO (Accountable Care Organization) is and how it impacts your clients and billing practice? Click this link to read a brief prepared by Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation to learn about the following:
  • Member Eligibility
  • ACO Types
  • Savings and Losses
  • Member Enrollment and Assignment
  • Plan Selection Periods and Fixed Enrollment
  • Primary Care Provider Exclusivity
  • ACO Features, such as Community Partners.
The Social Work Assistance Network (SWAN) - A Resource for You!
SWAN is a free, confidential colleague assistance program sponsored by the Massachusetts Chapter of NASW. SWAN assists social workers with consultation regarding personal and professional issues, which may be having an impact on their ability to practice in an optimal manner. Learn more about this service and member benefit here .
Licensing Test Prep Happening in Your Neck of the Woods!
NASW-MA Licensing Test Prep courses include:
  • FREE Social Work ASWB Exam Guide
  • Access to online ASWB exam guide portal
  • Full-day Test Prep course (9 am - 4 pm)

Upcoming exam dates and locations:
  • August 10 | Boston (Jamaica Plain)
  • September 8 | Worcester
  • November 2 | Brockton
  • December 8 | Springfield
Save your spot today!