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November 16, 2018
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Upcoming Events

To see all our events, visit our Calendar.

Monday, 11/19, 12pm-2pm

Wednesday, 11/21, 12pm-1pm

Wednesday, 11/28, 6pm-8pm

Thursday, 11/29, 6pm-8pm

Friday, 11/30- 12/2, 9am-4:30pm

Friday, 11/30, 6pm-pm

Tuesday, 12/4, 11am-1pm

Tuesday, 12/4, 6pm-7pm

Friday, 12/7, 9am-4:30pm

Monday, 12/10, 6pm-7:30pm

Monday, 12/10, 6pm-8pm

Monday, 12/10, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Wednesday, 12/12, 6pm-8pm

Wednesday, 12/12, 7pm-9pm

Friday, 12/14, 9am-4:30pm

Friday, 12/14, 9am-4:30pm
Mercer/Burlington Private Practice Meeting

Thursday, 12/20, 10am-11:30am

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We are currently seeking candidates to fill the following seats  on the NASW-NJ Board of Directors:

- First Vice President

- Northwest Regional Representative

- Northeast Regional Representative

- Undergraduate Student Representative (BSW only)

- Graduate Student Representative (MSW only)

In addition, we are seeking candidates for the following leadership positions: 
- Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification: Four (4) positions open

Click here for more details or to submit a nomination.
Social Workers, Share Your Story Today
Seeking inspiring stories for publication in multiple outlets

NASW-NJ is collecting stories of social workers in New Jersey--stories of social workers creating programs, leading research, helping clients, students, driving community advocacy, providing clinical support, etc. We plan to begin sharing these stories in March 2019 during Social Work Month via our online blog, social media, FOCUS, and will even feature a few as part of our collaboration with New Jersey Monthly Magazine.

Do you know a social worker who is doing exceptional things in our state? Do you have a story to share? We'd love to hear!

Please complete the form to nominate a social worker--and remember, all submissions must be of individuals with a formal social work degree (BSW, MSW, PhD, DSW)!
Clinical Social Workers Excluded from MIPS Reporting in 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the final rule for the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule on November 1, 2018 available  here.  The 2019 final rule for the CMS' Quality Payment Program excludes clinical social workers from the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting in 2019. 

This is a victory for clinical social workers who have limited quality measures to report on and in the past have received penalties when reporting quality measures. NASW has been advocating for clinical social workers and improvements in the Quality Payment Program. NASW is grateful to CMS and all of the stakeholders who helped with the exclusion.
2019 ACA Open Enrollment Period Now Open

Behavioral Health Telehealth Options Expanded

Under the new  2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has removed restrictions in Medicare around originating sites for telehealth services used to treat substance use disorder (SUD) and co-occurring mental health disorders. Previously, patients were limited to telehealth appointments only when calling from specific locations, such as their primary care provider's office. The new rule removes these originating site geographic requirements and adds individuals' homes as permissible originating sites for telehealth services, greatly increasing access to SUD treatment, especially for individuals in rural and frontier communities.
NASW-NJ Online CE Courses

Looking to take some of your courses from home? NASW-NJ is making it affordable!

Our current offering of pre-recorded webinars can be found here.
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North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Main: 732-296-8070
Fax: 732-296-8074

Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, LCSW
Jennifer Thompson, MSW
Executive Director          

Are You Ready for MACRA Beginning January 1, 2019? Hour with Private Practice Q&A
FREE Q&A Session for NASW Members (no  CEUs)
Wednesday, November 21  
Teleconference (12-1pm)

This session is offered by our NASW National Office.
For more information on how to join the call, click here
. *New Dial-In Information. 
Upcoming CE Programs!

Webinar: Cyberbullying and Sexting in the World of Teens
(2 Clinical CEUs)
November 29 from 6:00-8:00pm via live webinar
Presenter: Sandra McBeth, LCSW

3-Day Clinical Supervision Course
(20 Clinical CEUs or 12 Clinical, 3 Social/Cultural & 5 Ethics)
November 30 - December 2 in North Brunswick
Presenter: Patricia Spencer, LCSW

Vicarious Trauma: The Cost of Caring
(2 Clinical CEUs)
December 3 from 6:00-8:00pm in Whippany
Presenter: Connie Palmer, LCSW

Hidden Victims: Domestic Violence and Older Adults
(2 Clinical CEUs)
December 12 from 6:00-8:00pm in Mt. Laurel
Presenter: Catherine Nakonetschny, LCSW

Check back on our Calendar for when we add more courses to our schedule!
Seeking Presenters on School Social Work

We are still seeking additional workshop proposals related to School Social Work for our 2019 NASW-NJ Annual Conference. 

If you're interested in presenting a 4-hour workshop on April 28 or 29 or a 2-hour workshop on April 30, please send an email to Kendra at as soon as possible. Include your proposed topic, workshop length and preferred date.
LSW & LCSW Test Prep Courses
This course includes:
  • your own copy of the Revised ASWB Masters or Clinical Exam Guide ($90 value!) 
  • a personal code to download the app version of the book 
  • access to the interactive practice test and supplemental materials
Cost: $120 for members, $160 for non-members

LSW - Masters Prep Course
December 14 - Register
January 12 - Register

LCSW - Clinical Prep Course
December 7 - Register
February 8 - Register

3-Day Clinical Supervision Courses 
(20 CEUs)

These courses are for those who have held their LCSW for at least 3 years and who wish to supervise LSWs seeking their clinical hours. The course meets the NJ BSWE requirement for 20 continuing education credits related to supervision, and also includes 5 Ethics and 3 Social/Cultural Competence CEUs. This course is held at our NASW office in North Brunswick.

Cost: $350 for NASW members, $425 for non-members

Friday November 30 through Sunday December 2
Presented by Patricia Spencer, LCSW
Info & Registration

Sunday January 13 through Tuesday January 15
Presented by Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, LCSW
Info & Registration
Clinical Supervision webinar
New! "Impact Your Outcome" Series

Maybe you are looking for a promotion or maybe you're just ready for a job change!  We created this  Impact Your Outcome Series
to help you invest in yourself.

These are all FREE  for members, $25 for non-members.

Public Speaking & Communication Skills for Social Workers
Tuesday, 12/4 from 6-7pm via webinar

How to Become a NJ School Social Worker
Monday, 12/10 from 6:30-7:30pm via webinar

More webinars in this series coming soon!
All courses on the Social Work Online CE Institute are valid for NJ social workers.

The Morris Unit hosted Tayla Readshaw, LCSW from  Roots & Wings. Tayla shared about the common challenges aged-out foster youth face and best practices for intervention. Roots & Wings is a private non-profit organization that supports young adults between the ages of 18-24 who have aged out of foster care, promoting self sufficiency through a variety of programs.
Tell Congress to Reauthorize VAWA

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is up for reauthorization during the lame duck Congress that meets until year end. 

The awareness of the scope of sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking occurring in our nation has never been greater. Congress must pass a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization that invests in increased evidence-based prevention, enhances survivors' access to safety and justice, and maintains critical protections for vulnerable communities.

Contact your members of Congress to tell them:
  • VAWA is vital to protecting community safety, preventing violence, serving victims, and holding abusers accountable.
  • A VAWA that rolls back important protections for vulnerable communities or that fails to make important improvements identified by victims and survivors is unacceptable. Simply changing the dates on the existing funding will not address the needs of survivors.
  • VAWA has always been, and must always be, bipartisan.
Urge New Jersey State Legislators to set $15 Minimum Wage for ALL workers! 

New Jersey is on track to join 3 states and Washington D.C. in raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour. This legislation can boost the economic security of over 1 million workers, but can only do so if it applies to ALL New Jersey workers.  Industry lobbyists are pressuring state lawmakers to hold down wages for some of the state's lowest-paid and most vulnerable workers: tipped, youth, and farmworkers.

No worker should be left behind in the fight for $15! Urge your state legislators to support and pass $15 minimum wage for all workers by year's end!
Why Broadening Public Charge Hurts Immigrant Families

Public charge has been part of U.S. immigration law for more than 100 years as a ground of inadmissibility and deportation. An individual who is likely at any time to become a public charge (rely on government subsistence) is inadmissible to the United States and ineligible to become a legal permanent resident. The Trump administration recently proposed a rule that broadens the public charge test, to include most Medicaid programs, housing assistance, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), and even assistance for seniors who need help paying for prescription drugs. The proposed rule also adds a radical income test and details how being a child or senior, having a number of children, not speaking English well, or having a medical condition could be held against immigrants seeking permanent legal status. The proposed rule has already made immigrant families afraid to seek programs that support their basic needs. Groups all over the country are monitoring and planning to fight the public charge rule change. NASW will be submitting comments to the Trump administration separately and in coalition with Protecting Immigrant Families. 

Take action today! Submit your own comments and educate others on how the proposed rule harms immigrants. Deadline to submit public comments is December 10.


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