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This month column is dedicated to our upcoming 2019 Social Work Conference. If you have not registered please do today.

There are two programs I would to highlight:

I am excited to share that plans are moving forward for the NASW Student Summit, which will be held in conjunction with the Annual Conference. If you have reviewed the NASW-FL Conference brochure, hopefully you noticed our efforts to engage Conference attendees in contributing to a scholarship pool for students. 

The Student Summit will occur on Saturday, June 15th as a culminating Conference event. Although we are hoping many students will participate in the entire Conference, we are focusing on their attendance Friday evening and all day Saturday. 

Student Leadership Summit

The second highlight is our Child Welfare Plenary session and workshops focused on child welfare policy, interventions, treatment and supervision. The "Family First Prevention Service Act" will be highlighted in a presentation and workshop by the Casey Family Programs on Thursday. 

Child Welfare Workshops at the Conference

With  Gratitude,

Carol Edwards, LCSW
NASW-FL Board President
Student Representatives Column

Hello NASW Family,
First, congratulations to all of the students. For some of you, this May marked the end of the school year, one step closer to finishing your program. For others, this May was the ending of one journey and the beginning of new adventures as a graduate. I am excited to see where all of my classmates go as we begin to make our mark in the social work profession. 

The leadership team has been busy preparing for the NASW FL Conference. We are working hard to make sure that student voices are heard in every step of the process. For anyone interested in learning more about the Conference, I encourage you to visit the NASW FL   Conference web page for more information. 

The Conference is a great opportunity to learn more about the many resources NASW has to offer, and meet some of the accomplished leaders from across the state who want to share their expertise and be a resource to students. 

It's going to be a great event, and I hope to connect with many of you, both students and professionals, during this event.

Congratulations again to everyone and I hope to see you soon!


NASW-FL State Award Winners

The Chapter Committee on Nominations Leadership Identification has chosen the following state award winners, They will be honored at The State Annual Social Work Conference on June 13th in Orlando, FL.
  • Social Worker of the Year - J. Oscar Rivera, LCSW - Space Coast Unit
  • Student Social Worker of the Year - Kathryn Casello - FSU/Big Bend
  • Social Worker Educator of the Year - Fabio Naranjo, PhD - Miami-Dade
  • Public Citizen of the Year - Elizabeth Lane - Central Unit
  • Elected Official of the Year - Daniella Levine Cava- Miami-Dade
2019 Legislative Session Wrap Up

What a session! Out of nearly 2,000 bills, only 196 were passed by the Florida Legislature. Many are still awaiting approval by the Governor. This is a brief overview of the changes made that most affect social workers in Florida. For full text and staff reports on the bills see links and line references.

Thank you to everyone who participated in LEAD, who contacted their legislators to advocate for the values of social work in public policy, and who strengthened the voice of social workers in Florida by joining NASW. You made a difference this session. There is still work to be done and we look forward to working with you this year as we prepare for the 2020 session.

LEAD Bills

HB 7066 Voting Rights Restoration
This bill implements the provision of amendment 4 voting rights restoration and addresses the voting process post problems experienced during the 2016 election with absentee ballots and faulty signatures on provides election supervisors with additional direction and requirements to prevent future problems.
  • It requires felons to assert that they comply with the provisions of law when they register
  • It defines certain offenses that do not comply and cross references many of those statutes. Many professions that have committed a sexual offense are included such as chapter 491 licensees.
HB 168 Federal Immigration Enforcement
The "Sanctuary Cities" bill penalizes non-compliance with current federal immigration law, making it illegal for a city to have sanctuary policies. This new law will be primarily enforced by state attorneys, but may be enforced by the Governor and the Attorney General. Consequences of having a "sanctuary policy" for undocumented immigrants (meaning cities that do not hold undocumented persons until they can be handed over to the federal ICE program) include heavy fines, removal from office, and a loss of certain non-federal grant funds for up to five years.

CS/CS/SB 7030 School Safety
This bill expands last year's school safety measures taken in response to the Feb.14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The language is based on the recommendations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission. The bill puts into effect several school hardening practices including the expansion of the "school guardian" program, which allows certain school personnel to carry firearms on campus and to non-campus school events, to now include classroom teachers. The decision to implement the school guardian program is now in the hands of the district school boards. At the same time the bill provides funding to hire additional mental health professionals in schools (line 1309 in the bill text), and provides for the continuation of intervention services for students who transfer to a different school. The bill also expedites services for students with mental or behavioral disorders and establishes a standard behavioral threat assessment instrument for school districts and charter schools.

Social Work Profession

HB 23 Telehealth
This bill allows for the use of telehealth, including services provided by 491 licensed practitioners like social workers. The bill allows, but does not mandate, that HMOs and other health insurance companies pay for such services. It allows practitioners licensed in other states to participate, providing they register with the Florida Department of Health (DOH). DOH is allowed to remove them from the list under certain circumstances.

SB 838 Public Records/ Mental Health Treatment and Services
This bill provides an exemption from public records requirements for petitions for voluntary and involuntary admission for mental health treatment, court orders, related records, and personal identifying information regarding persons seeking mental health treatment and services.

SB 1418 Mental Health
This bill makes changes to 491.07 concerning confidentiality. Requiring service providers, including mental health professionals, to disclose information from a clinical record under certain circumstances relating to a patient who makes threats to cause serious bodily injury or death to themselves or someone else.

Health Care

HB 21 Hospital Licensure
This bill repeals the requirement for a certificate of need for hospitals. The impact on social workers is not known. The House leaders would allege that it opens the market place and expands job opportunities. The hospital industry would argue that it will contract the ability of existing hospitals to expand and improve quality care by diverting resources to other hospitals.

HB 19 Prescription Drug Importation Programs
The bill requires the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to establish the Canadian Prescription Drug Importation Program; authorizing a Canadian supplier to export drugs into this state under the program under certain circumstances. However, it also requires AHCA to request permission from the federal government to implement this program. AHCA will need that permission to proceed with the program.

Child Welfare

SB 262 Child Welfare
This bill improves communication in the child welfare process by imposing new requirements and authority by the courts. Specifically the bill:
  • Requires that a child's guardian ad litem or attorney ad litem be entered on court orders in dependency proceedings
  • Requires cooperation between certain parties and the court to achieve permanency for a child as soon as possible
  • Requires that during an adjudicatory hearing, the court advise parents in plain language of certain requirements to achieve permanency with their child.
Mental Health

HB 369 Substance Abuse Services
One of the key provisions of this bill is to expand the use and certification of "peer specialists." It directs the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) to establish a credentialing process for Peer Specialists and sets up the infrastructure for such a process. The bill also tightens controls over "recovery homes" by increasing background screening and licensing controls.

Authorizes DCF & AHCA to grant exemptions from disqualification for service provider personnel to work in certain treatment programs, facilities, or recovery residences; revises background screening requirements & exemptions from disqualification for certain service provider personnel; provides qualifications for peer specialists; authorizes DCF to approve certain credentialing entities to certify peer specialists; provides for review of certain decisions made by department-recognized credentialing entities; provides certain prohibitions & penalties.

HB 501 Alternative Treatment Options for Veterans
Authorizes the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) to contract with state university or Florida College System institution to furnish specified alternative treatment options for veterans; provides university or institution responsibilities; provides requirements for provision of alternative treatment options & related assessment data; provides eligibility requirements; requires direction & supervision by certain licensed providers; requires annual report to Governor & Legislature

Criminal Justice

SB 910 Court-Ordered Treatment Programs
Providing that veterans who were discharged or released under any condition, individuals who are current or former United States Department of Defense contractors, and individuals who are current or former military members of a foreign allied country are eligible in certain Military Veterans and Service members Court Program, etc

HB 49 Incarcerated Women
Deemed the 'Dignity for Incarcerated Women" act, the bill protects incarcerated women from potentially dangerous or inappropriate situations involving male guards, and requires prisons to provide basic necessities like feminine hygiene products, toothpaste and tooth- brushes. The bill defines circumstances where a female rather than a male guard should be present and outlines the circumstances under which male guards are allowed to step in. It also addresses the process of filing a report explaining the circumstances that required them to do so.

HB 7125 Public Safety
The Legislature is concerned that Florida's prison population has ballooned and is out of control due in part to the many strong penalties and low limits for reaching "felony" status in a crime. The bill, for example increases the amount of drugs (all kinds) that a person would possess before being charged with a felony. The same is true for robbery. Currently you could be charged with a felony for stealing $300 but under the bill it is $1,000.

Many of the changes in the bill reflect that attitude which is in turn spread throughout the statutes where ever crimes and penalties are imposed. Sentences are reduced, gain type time is easier to achieve, pre-sentencing options are increased.

Counseling options are expanded in each judicial circuit designed to help prisoner transition into the community including job training, placement and other services. They also tackle a long tradition of using "drivers licenses" as a punishment tool for non-driving offenses. Some current felonies are reduced to misdemeanors.

Finally the bill recognizes the need to understand what is going on in the criminal justice arena and how to make sure that these changes help and establish information that will drive other decisions later. They do this by refining the requirements for data collection, not only on crime statistics, but programs and attorney caseloads. Also, mandatory direct file has been repealed under the bill.

Kathryn Casello Awarded FSU's Undergraduate Humanitarian Award
This year FSU President John Thrasher recognized 14 undergraduate students at the Humanitarian Luncheon, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, as a part of the university's annual President's Humanitarian of the Year program. This prestigious honor commemorates students exhibiting a tremendous commitment to service.

"Everything you all are doing, no matter what it is, whether it's the life of a child, mentoring someone who needs support, seeing someone who his medically underserved, that's what I believe Florida State University is all about," Thrasher said.

Among these exemplary undergraduates, was BSW student Kathryn Casello who has been an active presence on campus sincere she started at Florida State University. Kathryn is a senior double majoring in social work and political science.

Click here to read the full article.
Annual Conference:
Something for Seasoned and 
New Career Professionals 

2019 Annual Conference Workshop and Pre-Conference Topics
2019 Annual Conference Sponsor / Exhibitor / Advertiser Prospectus

NASW-FL Sponsor_ Exhibitor and Advertiser Prospectus
In June 2019, NASW-FL  will bring  together more than 600  social workers and  related professionals from  around the state. 

The Conference offers an  unparalleled opportunity to network with colleagues, meet with our expert presenters, and gain new knowledge and skills.  

As an exhibitor or sponsor, you will have the chance to make connections with attendees who are seeking information about products and services that can help them do their jobs more efficiently. 

Your opportunities await!

Thank You Sponsors

Thank You to our Platinum SponsorEvery Story Matters

Thank You to our Gold Sponsor: NASW Assurance Services

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Thank You to our Bronze Sponsors

Advocating for Social Workers in. . .

One of the most frequently asked questions from NASW members is, "What is NASW doing to advocate for social workers?" In response to this popular question, the clinical team developed this advocacy booklet for members.

NASW engages in a multitude of advocacy efforts for social workers, especially areas in which members have identified specific concerns.
This document highlights NASW's advocacy efforts on behalf of social workers in aging, behavioral health, child welfare, clinical social work, health care, and school social work during the year of 2018. Many of these advocacy activities are ongoing and cross over into 2019. Other NASW advocacy efforts can be found on NASW's advocacy website at

Click here to read the full document.
HBO Documentary FOSTER Spotlights the Positive Role of Social Workers in the Child Welfare, Foster Care System
HBO Documentary FOSTER
NASW took part in a special Washington, D.C. screening of the new HBO doc umentary "FOSTER," which shares the experiences of foster children, social workers, lawyers and others involved in the Los Angeles County child welfare system. The film premieres on May 7.
It's a great film and prominently features the positive contributions of social workers, including Randy Gracia, CSW, Jacqueline Chun, MSW, and Jessica Chandler, MSW.
Here is an overview of the film on NASW's website. Take time to watch it and share what you think. 

Continuing Education Requirements

The CE requirements for the 2019 - 2021 are:

General Hours - 25

Ethics - 3 hours required for license renewal

Prevention of Medical Errors - 2 hours required for renewal - Must be taken from a Board approved Medical Errors provider. Approved courses are listed in CEBroker.

Domestic Violence - 2 hours required every 3rd license renewal. These hours are included in the 25 general hours.

Laws and Rules Update - 3 hours required every 3rd license renewal. These hours are required every third biennium and are included in the 25 general hours.

Supervision Update - 4 hours - These hours are required every third biennium for Qualified Supervisors only and are included in the 25 general hours. 

NOTE -  Not required for renewal until 03-31-2023.  This means if you already took the course, you will need to start taking the course every third biennium. Example: If you took the course this renewal cycle, you will take it again during the 2023-2025 renewal cycle.

Registered Clinical Social Work Intern CE Requirements

There are no requirements that a registered intern must obtain continuing education.  However, registered CSW interns may choose to complete the 8 hour laws and rules course, 3 hour HIV-AIDS and 2 hour domestic violence requirement for licensure while a registered intern.

Click here for complete information.

Technology in Social Work Practice

120-minute webinar designed for social workers

May 16, 2019 * 1:00 - 3:00 pm EDT
NASW Members $20 * Non-members $40
Continuing Education - 2 CEU (Ethics)

A. Elizabeth Cauble, PhD, LMSW
Yvonne M. Chase, PhD, LCSW, ACSW

Do not need a CEU? Register for this webinar at no-cost ( click here

The use of technology plays an essential role in the social work profession, and it goes beyond the pure understanding of its functionality. 

Technology is one of the ways social workers can deliver their services and having a precise knowledge of its standards of practice is a must. It is essential to identify and mitigate any potential risk with the use of technology in social practice, and this webinar will help you in doing so.

Join us in our new risk management webinar " Technology in Social Work Practice: Standards of Practice," from the Standards for Technology published by NASW, CSWE, ASWB, & CSWA in 2017; brought to you courtesy of the NASW Risk Retention Group and NASW Assurance Services, Inc.

We want to give social workers peace of mind not only through our malpractice solutions but also by providing relevant content and educational information to help mitigate any potential risk during the social work journey.

Learning Objectives


After this webinar attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize the uses of technology in social work practice and related disciplines
  • Understand the use of technology standards in professional practice
  • Evaluate the use of technology in their practice

$20 for NASW Members - $40 for Non-members

American Red Cross 
Disaster Cycle Services 
by Catherine de León, LCSW

As a social worker and member of NASW and the Florida NASW, I am reaching out to you with an opportunity to contribute to the community. Providing volunteer services to the American Red Cross can be very rewarding. You can choose your level of involvement to fit with your own personal and employment commitments.
The American Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services is client facing throughout the entire disaster cycle of preparedness, response and recovery. The Disaster Cycle Services response provides relief when disasters strike for those affected by a disaster.  Every day, the American Red Cross delivers help, hope and healing every 8 minutes to people affected by disasters - most of which are home fires.   
As of mid-2018, I became the Regional Disaster Mental Health Lead for the South Florida Region of the American Red Cross. The South Florida Region covers 13 counties from the Southern West Coast to the East Coast of Florida and extends south including Miami-Dade down through Monroe County and the Keys. These counties are broken down into 5 Chapters, or territories; Coast to Heartland, Palm Beach/Martin, Broward, Miami-Dade and the Keys, and Florida Southern Gulf.
As a retired LCSW, I have had the time to devote to the creation and leadership of the Disaster Mental Health Team. This includes recruitment, training in the Red Cross disaster mental health response, coordination of the team, preparation for deployment and responding to all the unforeseen events that fall within the scope of our disaster mental health services in the Region. These disasters include everything from local house fires to responding to national disasters. Locally, besides house fires, we respond to manmade disasters and local natural disasters. For example, we were on scene after the FIU bridge collapse, at Parkland supporting the first responders, survivors and community, and the Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooting. Some of our team responded to the Pulse Night Club shooting in Orlando and the Faro cargo ship which sank off the northern coast of Florida. We also respond to national disasters which recently have included Florence, Michael, the California wild fires, the Alabama tornadoes and the current flooding in Nebraska and Iowa. We are the first disaster mental health responders to a local natural disaster. Our response to these natural disasters is the deployment of local volunteers to the scene, by providing virtual support to the victims and supporting our entire Regional volunteer workforce who go out on deployment.
Mental Health Professionals who desire to serve in their communities in times of disaster or crisis are urged to join their local American Red Cross Chapter before a disaster happens. With its effective infrastructure and resources, the Red Cross is at the forefront of disaster response education and training.  The Red Cross actively recruits, trains, and deploys licensed mental health professionals to provide support services to those affected by disasters and workers across the entire disaster cycle. We are always looking to recruit new Disaster Mental Health volunteers to provide support within the local community for both small and large-scale disasters, and, on out-of-state relief operations.
In the next 2-3 months I will be reaching out to the NASW Units within our Region to make direct contact with our membership, to further explain our services, answer any questions and discuss the engagement process.
Catherine de León, LCSW
Regional Disaster Mental Health Lead
South Florida Region
American Red Cross
(786) 390-1390

"An Hour With Private
Practice" Schedule

An Hour With Private Practice (HOPP) is a free, question and answer call-in session to NASW members who may have specific questions or concerns about an issue in private practice and is available at: .   

No pre-registration is required and members can join in the discussion, ask questions, and make comments. These sessions provide members with important clinical social work updates impacting the delivery of mental health services in a private solo or group practice.

HOPP is held every third Wednesday of the month from noon to 1:00 pm ET.

June 19, 2019: Making Sense of the CMS-1500 Claim Form

May 2019

You Cover Client Care ... We Cover You

The purpose of insurance is to manage risk. Insurance enables the insurance policyholder to transfer certain risks, or defined causes of loss called "perils", that are listed as being covered in the insurance policy contract issued by the insurance company. Insurance is a method of spreading the risk of loss from one policyholder to many policyholders. This risk transfer is accomplished through the collection of premium and pooling the premiums paid in order to pay future claims losses.

Click here to download the PDF copy.

For more information on the only NASW-Endorsed Professional Liability insurance as well as other information designed for social workers, visit
University Updates
From Around the State

Social work education is an important part of NASW, and maintaining relationships with students and their universities is even more important. Check out our latest University News and Updates on our website.
Local Unit News & Events
What's Going on Near You!

NASW Florida is broken up into   18 volunteer-led units that hold meetings, continuing education events, community projects, and social events for its members. This local network is one of our greatest membership benefits! Use the links below to find out what's going on in your local area.

Ecambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton 
Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla
Gainesville Unit 
Alachua, Bradford, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Suwannee, Union
Baker, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Hamilton, Nassau, St. Johns
Central Unit
Orange, Osceola, Seminole
Emerald Coast Unit
Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Washington
Tampa Bay Unit
Hillsborough, Pinellas
Space Coast Unit
Palm Beach Unit
Palm Beach, Glades
Broward Unit
Miami-Dade Unit
Dade, Monroe
Southwest Unit
Charlotte, Collier, De Soto, Hendry, Lee
Heartland Unit
Hardee, Highlands, Polk
Sarasota/Manatee Unit
Manatee, Sarasota
Treasure Coast Unit
Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee
Nature Coast Unit
Citrus, Hernando, Pasco
Lake/Sumter Unit
Lake, Sumter
Volusia/Flagler Unit
Flagler, Volusia

Here's a listing of events for the coming month. Additional details are available on our Calendar of Events or, if a unit event, on the local unit's page.


May 16, 2019 * The Villages, FL
*NASW-FL Lake/Sumter Unit presents "Brief Therapy: So Many Issues, So Little Time" with Lucille Karatzas, MSW, LCSW, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Sea Breeze Regional Recreation Center, The Villages. Registration is free to NASW and TLC Members. All others must pay $15.00 by check made payable to "NASW" at door.

May 16, 2019 * Tampa, FL
*NASW-FL Tampa Bay Unit presents "Innovation, The Scientific Method & Social Work Practice" with Riann van Zyl, PhD, Professor and Director of the USF School of Social Work, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Children's Board of Hillsborough County. Registration is $5 for NASW members and $20 for Non-members. Registration is free for BSW/MSW students, retired and unemployed NASW Members. You MUST pre-register for this workshop. There will be NO on-site registration.

May 18, 2019 * Miami, FL
*NASW-FL Miami-Dade Unit presents "Social Workers' Peer Support Group & Yoga Class" with Edith Caballero, LCSW, MCAP and Martha Vallejo, LCSW, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Keiser University. Please join us for a Yoga class from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by the Social Workers' Peer Support Group beginning at 11 a.m. Please bring comfortable clothes for yoga practice. You can bring your own mat if you prefer, however, mats will be available for use. No experience necessary. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Registration is free.

May 20, 2019 * Leesburg, Florida
*NASW-FL Lake/Sumter Unit presents "Depression in the Eldery" with Carol G. Fortune, LCSW,from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Leesburg Library. Registration is free for NASW Members and $15 for non-members requesting continuing education credits.

May 20, 2019 * Boca Raton,FL
*NASW-FL  Palm Beach Unit  - South presents "Mix, Match and Blend:  Counseling with Interfaith and Multicultural Couples and Families" with Rorri Geller-Mohamed, LCSW,from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Registration is FREE for NASW members and $10 for non-members.

May 20, 2019 * Port St. Lucie, FL
*NASW-FL Treasure Coast Unit presents "Caring for Aging Parents: What You Need to Know for Yourself and Your Clients" with Laura Zel Kremer, LCSW,from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Watercrest Senior Living - St. Lucie West. Registration is free for Members and Non-Members. This event is sponsored by Watercrest Senior Living.


June 13-15, 2019, NASW-FL Annual Social Work Conference. Pre-Conference Intensives will be June 10-12, 2019.  The Conference will be held at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando. There are more than 90 workshops and expanded networking opportunities.

Pre-Conference Intensives are June 10 - 12, 2019.

Regular Conference is June 13 - 15, 2019.


September 9, 2019 * Palm Beach Gardens, FL
*NASW-FL Palm Beach Unit - North presents "Introduction to Schema Therapy" with Joshua Kates, MSW, LCSW and Certified Advanced Schema Therapist,from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Barry University. Registration is FREE for NASW members and $10 for non-members.


October 14, 2019 * Palm Beach Gardens, FL - New Date!
*NASW-FL Palm Beach Unit - North presents "Maternal Voices: How to Engage Women with Substance Use Disorder to Healing and Recovery" with Heather Howard, MSW, LCSW, PhD, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Barry University. Registration is FREE for NASW Members and $10 for Non-members. RSVP is requested but not required. This workshop is sponsored by Brightstar Care.