April 2024 Chapter Update

Thank you for your membership with NASW. Take a look at our upcoming chapter events in April 2024. Read more about the 2024 Conference, upcoming webinars (earn CEs!), national and state updates, and more.


Please note that the Chapter has updated its email address associated with our mass emailing platform. We will now send Chapter emails from [email protected]; please add this email and the socialworkers.org domain to your address book or safe senders list.


Jeremy Arp, MSW, ACSW

Executive Director, NASW-WA

(he/him)

2024 NASW-WA Statewide Conference:

Registration is now Open!


The 2024 NASW-WA Statewide Conference will be an in-person event encompassing 1.5 days of intensive learning and dialogue. Our presenters play a critical role in this conference by leading important conversations, inspiring dialogue, and sharing best practices. The Committee has finalized speakers and early bird registration is now open! Click here to find out more about the agenda, speakers, and to register to save your spot! The Conference will be held in-person on September 19-21, 2024 at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Airway Heights, WA (near Spokane), and will feature two-hour keynote presentations and 1.5-hour breakout session presentations. The Chapter will then seek sponsorships to help contribute to the event's success – get in touch if you are interested in this amazing opportunity to connect with Washington’s social workers!

Call for Nominations: Board and Committees


The NASW-WA Chapter seeks members to serve on our Chapter

Board:

Eastern WA Regional Representative

Western WA Regional Representative

MSW Student Representative

BSW Student Representative

Board Secretary

First VP of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

President-Elect

We're also looking for NASW-WA members to serve on the following committees:

Membership Engagement Committee

Chapter Ethics Committee

Legislative Action Committee

Political Action for Candidate Election Committee

and District Liaisons! 


Have questions about a volunteer role or want more information? Contact the Chapter and we'll assist you! Take a moment to review the open positions here and complete your nomination by April 30, 2024. We look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you for joining us to honor the NASW-WA 2024 Social Work Award Winners!


Thanks to all who joined us on March 22, 2024, for our virtual Social Work Month Celebration! This year, we hosted a virtual awards recognition to honor the accomplishments of social workers and community members. Our Executive Committee selected award winners to honor during this year's event -- read more about our award winners by clicking here. Thanks to social workers across Washington for your inspiring and meaningful work to make Washington a better place for all! In case you missed it, you can watch the recording of the event by clicking here.

Legislative Updates


State Social Work Compact Signed by Governor



The Social Work Licensure Compact (HB 1939) was signed into law on March 19, 2024. NASW-WA Legislative Action Committee Chair Nichelle Curtis McQueen, Bob Cooper with Evergreen Public Affairs, and Executive Director Jeremy Arp joined Rep. Orwall, Department of Defense Representatives, Veterans Organizations and community members for the bill signing at Governor Inslee’s office. Washington was the fourth state to join the social work licensure compact, following Missouri, South Dakota, and Utah. There is compact legislation pending in many states currently: Check out the compact map to find out more


The Compact creates a Commission (composed of member states) to help administer the program. To be eligible for a multistate license under the Compact, applicants would need to hold or be eligible for an active, unencumbered license in their home state; pay any applicable fees and submit application materials; notify their home state of any adverse actions or encumbrances on their license; and meet their home state’s continuing education requirements. The Compact’s aims are to ease mobility for licensees, expand employment opportunities, leverage technology, and support relocating military families. 


The compact needs seven states to activate; that means that once the seventh state signs the bill into law and all states have met their effective dates, construction of the Compact Commission begins to help administer the agreement. Interstate Compact Licensure will take time to become active, however the compact is the first step in this process. Stay tuned!


E2SHB 2247: Addressing Behavioral Health Provider Shortages


This year’s legislative session included not only the Compact bill, but also E2SHB 2247 (Addressing behavioral health provider shortages.) sponsored by Rep. Bateman. This bill includes provisions to create an associate credential for psychologists and allows applicants for social work, counseling, and marriage and family therapist associate licenses to practice without a license under direct supervision for 120 days or until the applicant’s license is issued or denied (whichever is sooner). 


E2SHB 2247 changes the supervisor stipend program for associate licensees from paying associates directly to providing supervisors a stipend to offset the costs of providing supervision to associates. The bill also eliminates the limit on the number of times an associate license may be renewed. The change in law allows for licensees whose associate license was not renewed due to exceeding the renewal limit will be treated as if the person’s license expired – that person would be allowed to return to active status. 


The bill also includes a change to continuing education: Continuing education requirements for professions licensed under RCW 18.225 are eliminated from statute and retained in rule (WAC). The continuing education requirements in WAC would be subject to rules developed by the Department of Health in consultation with the Washington State Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers Advisory Committee. The association will continue to monitor the rulemaking process for HB 2247 as well as the continued work implementing last year’s HB 1724 which seeks, in part, to eliminate barriers to licensure. 


National


Urge your Members of Congress to Improve Access to Telemental Health Services


The Telemental Health Care Access Act (S. 3651/H.R. 3432) is much-needed bipartisan, bicameral legislation that will permanently remove a problematic requirement that Medicare beneficiaries be seen in person as a prerequisite to receiving telemental health services. Click the link to take action!


The COMPLETE Care Act- Urge your members of Congress to co-sponsor.


The Connecting Our Medical Providers with Links to Expand Tailored and Effective Care Act or the COMPLETE Care Act would enhance Medicare payment rates for behavioral health integration services to help with the startup costs of implementing integrated care models. Click the link to take action!

ZOOM FORMAT: An Hour with Private Practice: Questions & Answers


NASW Members Only...FREE

When: Third Friday of the Month 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. ET


An Hour with Private Practice (HOPP): Questions & Answers is a free members-only question-and-answer session that provides members with important clinical social work updates affecting the delivery of mental health services in a private solo or group practice. Join us in 2024 to take part in the discussion, ask questions, and comment on private practice topics.


Next Session

Follow-up of Optum’s Overpayments and An Overview of Other Overpayments

Friday, April 19, 2024 (12 -1 pm ET)

Presenter: Mirean Coleman, LICSW, CT;  NASW Director of Clinical Practice

Register in advance for this meeting.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

DOH Listening Sessions: Behavioral Health Profession Licensure Requirements


NASW-WA would like to share an announcement from the Washington Department of Health. See the full announcement below, or follow this link


The Department of Health (DOH) is hosting four virtual Listening Sessions in late April and early May. This is a continuation of the work we began with listening sessions in June 2023. We want to learn more about barriers to getting credentialed as a behavioral health professional in Washington State. All sessions will have the same content. Pick the session that works best for you or attend all sessions. You can register for the webinars at the links below: 



If you cannot make it to the virtual listening sessions, we would still like to hear from you. You can send comments to Cori Tarzwell, Strategic Policy Manager, at [email protected]. Please submit your comments by Sunday, May 19th, 2024.

Register Now: Free Virtual Symposium on Older Adult Mental Health


Enhance your knowledge and gain tools for practice by participating in the 7th Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium on May 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. This daylong virtual event, which NASW is helping to plan for the second consecutive year, includes several social work presenters and is brought to you by the National Council on Aging, the U.S. Administration for Community Living, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Free social work CEUs for live participation are being offered in partnership with Rush University’s E4 Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Disparities in Aging. On-demand access to the entire program (without CEUs) will also be available.

Let Congress Know How Hoarding Affects Your Community and Organization


The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging is seeking information from social workers and other members of the public on the impact of hoarding disorder on communities (particularly older adults and people with disabilities) and service organizations. The committee also wants to understand how service providers are responding to people living with hoarding disorder and how the federal government can support their efforts. Submit your comments by April 15, 2024.


Call for Presenters


Are you interested in presenting a workshop for NASW-WA? We have an open call for presenters for our ongoing continuing education series held throughout the year (live, virtual, or recorded).


Click here for more information about what we're looking for!

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