July 2018

While you typically hear from our Executive Director, I'm writing this introduction for a very good reason. Our fearless leader, Rebekah Gewirtz, is on maternity leave through early September. She and her family recently welcomed a beautiful, healthy baby boy into their lives. In Rebekah's absence, I encourage you to reach out to me with questions, concerns, or ideas.

Here at the Chapter we are hard at work planning our fall continuing education programming. To date, we have 31 CEUs available to you in the month of September alone, including " Confronting Opioid Misuse in MA: Leveraging Social Work Expertise " and our popular film series. This is perfect for those of you still in need of CEUs before the licensing renewal period ends on September 30, 2018. You can see and register for these programs using the links below.

We a re continuing to field calls and emails from you looking for ways to make a difference as our country enforces inhumane immigration policies. You can read about ways in which we've already taken action, including advocating for inclusion of key immigrant protections in the state's FY19 budget, and ways to get involved here on our website. We'll continue to updat e this page as we hear of additional ways you can help.

You can also join NASW-MA at the "Together & Free: Rally Against Family Separation" tomorrow, Saturday, June 30, in Boston. You can meet us outside the NASW-MA office at 11 Beacon St., Boston, at 10:45 am and we'll walk to City Hall Plaza together (5-7 minute walk). Please email me to let me know you're coming. For those in other parts of the state, there are sister rallies happening at 11 am in Springfield and New Bedford.

Thank you for your membership and Happy Summer!


Jamie Klufts
Communications Director
617-227-9635 x119

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NASW-MA Member Elise Beaulieu Receives Recognition for Service from Governor Baker
On June 7, 2018, at the NASW-MA annual nursing home conference put on by the chapter Nursing Home Committee, Elise Beaulieu, former chair of the Committee, was presented with a citation signed by Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito. "On behalf of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I am pleased to confer upon you this Governor's citation in recognition of your decades of outstanding service as a geriatric social worker in Massachusetts, with dedication in particular to both the quality of life of nursing home residents, and to the ongoing professional development of your fellow nursing home social workers." Frank Baskin, current chair of the Committee, presented the ho nor. Thank you for your work, Elise!
NASW-MA Member Fredda Zuckerman Receives Award for Excellence in Perinatal Social Work
On May 2, 2018, Fredda Zuckerman, a NASW member since 1972, received the Award for Excellence in Perinatal Social Work. This award recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of perinatal social work, including clinical work, education, research, and service to the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers. Fredda was instrumental in developing standards for OB social workers and served on the Board of Directors for three terms, including time as Vice President and as chair of various committees. She has written numerous articles and presented at national and local conferences on perinatal issues. Congratulations, Fredda!
Barbara Nealon Named "Unsung Heroine"
Barbara Nealon, a NASW member since 1986, was one of 130 honorees named ‘Unsung Heroines’ by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at the State House. Each year, the Commission partners with state legislators to identify women who make outstanding contributions to their organizations and communities. Each legislator is encouraged to submit one woman from their constituency as a means of recognizing their invaluable yet, perhaps, unnoted, community contributions. Barbara was nominated by her State Representative, Rep. Stephan Hay. Congratulations on your well-deserved recognition, Barbara!
In Memoriam: Raisa Newman
Raisa Newman, a NASW member since 1973, passed away on May 28 after six years of increasingly debilitating cognitive impairment. Raisa had graduate degrees in education, history, and in social work, finishing her MSW at Simmons School of Social Work in 1975. For many years Raisa was on NASW-MA's Symposium Program Planning Committee. People who knew her say, "She was a wonderful person with whom to work, a strong steady voice for social work and the needs of social work clients. She was always open, reasonable, and could be very funny." Thank you to Phyllis King for sending these words.
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: jklufts.naswma@socialworkers.org. 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.
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!
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 collaborative.naswma@socialworkers.org.
In Your Mailbox: Social Work Voice
The July/August issue will land in your mailbox around July 15 and includes:

  • Fall 2018 continuing education programming line-up
  • 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.
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

  • 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 
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
Dedham Holiday Inn, Dedham

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
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
November 2018: What's on the Ballot?
Recent legislation and a Supreme Judicial Court ruling was enough to knock four previously ready initiatives off of the ballot for November 2018.

  1. Paid Family Medical Leave and $15 Minimum Wage - neither initiative will appear on the ballot. The Governor signed both of these into law on 6/28/18 as part of a collective bargaining agreement.
  2. Fair Share Amendment aka "Millionaire's Tax" was struck down by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.
  3. Reducing Sales Tax to 4.5% and Establishing a Tax-Free Holiday was knocked off the ballot by including the tax-free holiday within the Minimum Wage and Paid Family Medical Leave legislation signed into law on 6/28/18 (more below). This was done to take the sales tax question off the ballot, which had been polling favorably. Earlier this month, this proposal had been voted down in the legislature and if passed by the ballot, would have resulted in a loss of $1.25 billion for the Commonwealth.
Raise Up Massachusetts:
$15 Minimum Wage and Paid Family Medical Leave
Yesterday, the Governor signed into law legislation enacting Paid Family/Medical Leave and a $15 minimum wage by 2023. While this is a win overall, including an extremely progressive paid family/medical leave program, the legislation did not go as far as our proposed ballot initiatives. Since this is now law, the grassroots coalition of Raise Up Massachusetts will not be putting either initiative on the ballot in 2018.

Major differences include:
  • This law will phase out time and half pay for Sunday work of retail workers over five years. This was included to prevent the Sales Tax Cut ballot question from appearing in November and was not a provision RUM advocated for.
  • Additionally, the legislation’s increase for tipped worker was not as high as the ballot initiatives ($6.75 versus $9.75). We were successful in eliminating the efforts of big business groups and some legislators to get a lower Teen Sub-Minimum Wage that is currently allowed in 40 states.

NASW-MA is proud to be a member of this coalition and truly thank our staff, members and friendly volunteers who helped us to collect a total of close to 2,000 signatures over the course of the campaign that started in September. This grassroots effort undoubtedly urged the legislature to act and pass this into law.
Upholding Protections for Transgender Individuals -
We Need Your Help at the Ballot
Two recent surveys of Massachusetts voters show that about 50% support upholding basic non-discrimination protections for transgender people. That’s too close for comfort right now—and it’s definitely not where we need to be by November. More troubling: Around 10% of voters are undecided, enough to swing the vote against us. Freedom For MA needs your help to canvass and phone bank to ensure that we are talking to every voter who needs to hear from us before our opponents, and turn out in November. Learn how you can help by clicking here .
Counting Our Legislative Victories (So Far) - and What's on Deck
We've had quite the year legislatively! Here are 6 of the bills from our legislative agenda that we worked on and have now been signed into law:

  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

In addition to these victories, Lifting the Welfare Cap on Kids was included in both the House and Senate budget proposals. The Senate version would lift the cap sooner - by Jan 1, 2019, and appropriate $5.5M to do so. We are urging the conference committee to adopt the Senate version and also thanking our House leaders for their support and action on this critical issue!

In another very positive development, loan forgiveness for social workers and human services workers was included in the House version of the Opioid Bill ("CARE Act"). We expect the House to take up this bill in the coming weeks. For more information, click here .

Both the House and Senate have released their versions of a major healthcare bill touching upon Ghost Networks, Clawbacks, and Telemed Parity. We are pushing for Senate language to limit clawbacks to 6 months while pushing for stronger transparency on provider "ghost networks."

The House passed the LGBTQ Conversion Therapy Ban on 6/27/18, and now heads to the Senate. A dozen or so other states have already outlawed this harmful practice.

Want to join the Legislative Alert Network? Click here . Want to help set NASW-MA's legislative agenda for 2018 - 2020? Email Sophie to join the Chapter's Legislative Advocacy Committee (LAC).
NASW MA Political Action for Candidate Endorsement (PACE) has been hard at work interviewing candidates for elected office. In 2018, every senator and representative is up for re-election. Please click on the links to learn more about the PACE-endorsed candidates and how to support them! For info on the endorsement process or to join PACE, email Sophie: shansen.naswma@socialworkers.org.
NASW-MA's Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) Endorsements
  • Josh Zakim for Secretary of State
  • Incumbent Maura Healey for Massachusetts Attorney General
  • Sue Chalifoux-Zephir - State Senate for Worcester & Middlesex
  • 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
  • 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
GIC Changes Effective July 1
Highlights of the key changes include:
  • GIC members managed by Tufts (Navigator and Spirit) will now have their BH benefits through Tufts
  • Beacon will continue to provide BH benefits for GIC members covered by UniCare
  • Unicare will handle customer service (member & provider) calls and route to Beacon as appropriate
  • UniCare will be paying all claims
  • Beacon administration of BH authorizations will be moving to ProviderConnect – the same system used for MBHP membership. Some changes as a result:
  • Services currently requested via eServices which will now be requested via ProviderConnect are:
  • Detox (ASAM Level 3.7 and 4)
  • CSS-SUD residential & Dual Diagnosis Acute Treatment (DDAT) (ASAM Level 3.5)
  • Outpatient therepy
  • Psych / Neuropsych
  • DBT
  • Services currently auth’d via fax/telephonic and will now be requested via ProviderConnect:
  • IOP
  • SOAP
  • ABA
  • Discharge forms
  • Services currently done via eServices that will move to fax
  • TMS

Another change is that the OP Select Program will no longer be available for GIC membership. That said, Unicare members have 26 OP visits per year before an authorization is needed.
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 chapter.naswma@socialworkers.org with "Join Google Group" in the subject line.
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 .
What All LICSWs Must Do to Comply with MassHealth Requirement
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.

If you are a QMB (Qualified Medicare Beneficiary) provider, and can receive payment from MassHealth for the copay for your Medicare clients, you are already registered with MassHealth and do not need to do anything; however, if you are seeing MassHealth beneficiaries and billing their insurance (MBHP, Beacon, THPP, or Celticare), this does NOT make you a MassHealth billing provider. You must complete the form and register as a MassHealth Non-Billing Provider.

Read more and access step-by-step instructions here .
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 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: jgoldenberg.naswma@socialworkers.org.
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:
  • July 20 | Bedford
  • August 10 | Boston (Jamaica Plain)
  • November 2 | Brockton
  • December 8 | Springfield
Save your spot today!