NASW-NJ newSWire
November 30, 2017

Upcoming Events  

To see all events, visit our Calendar.
Thursday, 11/30, 6pm-8pm *TONIGHT* 
Friday-Sunday, 12/1-12/3, 9am-5pm
Friday, 12/1, 12pm-1:30pm
Tuesday, 12/5, 11am-1pm
Thursday, 12/7, 6pm-7:30pm
Friday, 12/8, 9am-4:30pm
Monday, 12/11, 9:30am-11am
Monday, 12/11, 12pm-2pm
Monday, 12/11, 6pm-7:30pm
Monday, 12/11, 6pm-8pm
Monday, 12/11, 6pm-8pm
Saturday, 12/16, 9am-4:30pm
NASW opposes Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

You've probably read that Senate Republicans have proposed a bill to cut taxes. We wish that the truth were so simple.

In order to fund a tax cut that would go mostly to the wealthy and businesses, the proposed legislation would cut programs that help single mothers, children, low-income families and the elderly. And the Senate is rushing this bill to a vote so people don't have time to understand its implications.

The economic inequities created by this bill exacerbate the existing income disparities between the rich and poor. NASW and NASW-NJ call upon the Senate to reject this bill in favor of an approach that reduces extreme economic inequality when reforming our tax system.

To read NASW's full statement, click here. To read how this bill is being rushed through the Senate, click here.

Mary Jean Weston, LCSW
Interim Executive Director
Private Practitioners: Did You Receive a Negative PQRS Payment Adjustment Letter for 2018?

Last Day to File a Request for an Informal Review is December 1

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) currently is contacting clinical social workers who are Medicare Part B providers who will be receiving a 2018 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) negative payment adjustment beginning January 1, 2018. The 2018 penalty is two percent. If you believe you received a negative payment adjustment letter in error, NASW encourages you to file a request for an informal review by the deadline, December 1, 2017.

To get more information, read the NASW Practice Alert here.
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You can find the Member Center at MyNASW- Member Profile-Visit the Member Center.


SOCIAL WORKER -  VN A Health Group is seeking a Social Worker a BSW required, Bilingual English/ Spanish in our Monmouth County Office.  A flexible part time (15-22.5 hrs.) position with Special Child Health Services department. The social worker will provide case management services including home visits, assisting with accessing Federal, State and local services and support. Submit data and reports as necessary to meet reporting requirements of the grant.  Applicant must have 2+ years of experience working with children (birth to 21) and families. Contact:  or 732-224-6770.

CASE MANAGERS, SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELORS AND PARENTING SPECIALISTS - The Center for Great Expectations is hiring in our S.T.A.R.T. Program (Substance Use & Trauma: Assessment, Referral and Treatment) for pregnant/parenting women with opioid use disorders. In addition to assessment and referral services, S.T.A.R.T. will provide in-home treatment services.
Interested candidates should email resume and cover letter to John Giuliano-  
To view more classifieds on our Web site, click here.
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Main: 732-296-8070
Fax: 732-296-8074

Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, LCSW

Mary Jean Weston, MSW, LCSW
Interim Executive Director          

LAST DAY for Discount on CEUs for NASW Code of Ethics Training
View the Recording for Free;
Take the CE Version (2 CEUs) for $10
(through November 30) 
October's training on the revisions to the NASW Code of Ethics is now available on demand. You can view the recording of the training free of charge here. You also can take the CE option of the training for a nominal charge here.

Now through November 30th, NASW is offering a special discounted rate on the CE option: $10 for NASW members and $25 for non-members. After November 30, the rate will increase to $25 for NASW members and $40 for non-members.
NASW Revised Code of Ethics is now available to access online free or purchase the hard copy for $5.00 here.  

View FAQs for a listing of the revised sections of the Code here.  
Center for American Women Politics (CAWP) Hosting an Event to Demystify Political Process

Shape New Jersey's Future and Yours:
Appointments to State Boards and Commissions

Saturday, December 9
Douglass Student Center, Rutgers-New Brunswick
100 George Street, New Brunswick
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

New Jersey's next governor will appoint hundreds of people to state boards and commissions, and there will be opportunities in the new administration for women of both parties. This half-day program will demystify the appointments process and provide practical tools and tips for women interested in serving in appointed office. 

Register here!
Medicare's Newest Quality Reporting Program: MACRA

New practice perspectives, "Preparing for Medicare's Newest Quality Program for Reporting Measures: MACRA": MACRA is CMS' new Quality Payment Program which is replacing PQRS.  Beginning in 2019, clinical social workers who are Medicare providers will have three options to participate in MACRA:  low volume threshold, virtual groups, and individual or group reporting.  In 2018, clinical social workers may participate in MACRA to practice reporting measures, but will not receive credit for doing so.

To read more information, read the Practice Perspectives here.
Social Work Safety:
Urge Your Representative to Co-Sponsor H.R. 1484 Today!

As social workers serve on the frontlines in communities across the nation, it is vital that your safety is a priority. Delivering these critical services to our nation's most vulnerable individuals, families, and communities depends heavily on your ability to do so safely and securely.

Please email your Representative and urge them to support this vital legislation. Together, we can help ensure you're able to provide care effectively, and without compromising your own safety. Support your profession by helping urge support for this legislation.

Upcoming CE Programs
From Teenage to Old Age: Empowering Older Adults to Combat Peer Bullying
(2 Clinical CEUs)
December 5 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm in Hamilton
Info & Registration 

Health and Healthcare for LGBT+ Populations - WEBINAR
(2 General, Social/Cultural CEUs) 
December 11 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm via webinar
Info & Registration 

Teen Media Communication in a Multi-Cultural World: A Crisis of Communication
(2 Clinical CEUs)
January 8 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm in Whippany

Clinical Supervision Course- 3 Days
(20 Clinical CEUs, including 3 Social/Cultural & 5 Ethics)
February 2, 3 and 4 from 9:00am - 4:30pm in North Brunswick

Looking for more courses?
View the full list of scheduled NASW-NJ CE Courses (and keep an eye out as we add more!) on our Web site here.
Open Enrollment for the ACA is NOW!  
November 1st - December 15th

The open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace is significantly shorter this year - November 1 to December 15, 2017 (it's normally three months). The Trump Administration has also cut funding for advertising and enrollment assistance. Social workers should share this enrollment information with clients, families, friends and communities to bring awareness to the narrow enrollment window.

For a list of helpful resources and to read more information, click here.
NASW Twitter Chats

Tweet with NASW - All NASW Members Are Invited!
Follow @NASW to join the conversation!

Recent Changes to the NASW Technology Standards and the NASW Code of Ethics: Are You Prepared?

Wednesday, December 13, 1PM-1:30PM ET
Host: Dawn Hobdy, MSW, LICSW
Hashtag: #SocialWorkEthics
Celebrate Social Work Month March 2018

NASW National announces its theme for social work month in March!

Social Work professionals are Leaders, Advocates, and Champions for millions of people each day. Celebrate Social Work professionals and their important contributions. Honor and show support for your profession, staff, colleagues and friends with gifts from the NASW.

To shop for 2018 Social Work month, click here.
NASW Statement on International Violence Against Women Act

Association urges Congress to quickly pass legislation to empower women, girls, communities and nations to end violence.

NASW has issued a statement to welcome the introduction of the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) in the Senate. Along with other members of the Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls Globally, NASW urges Congress to pass this legislation quickly.
Clinical Social Workers Be Aware: New Claim Change Coming

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. Between April 2018 and April 2019, CMS will issue new Medicare cards to all beneficiaries. Each card will include a new unique, randomly assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). Beginning April 2018, clinical social workers who are Medicare providers in private practice will need to update their patient files to include the new MBI number and use it on the CMS-1500 form when submitting a claim. In addition, other systems may need to be updated to accept the new MBI format.

To read more information, read NASW's Practice Alert here.
Handling Damaged or Destroyed Records
Although New Jersey has not experienced recent catastrophic flooding, we all remember Superstorm Sandy. And in between statewide natural disasters, personal disasters can happen to anyone of us.
If you experience a situation in which case records are damaged or destroyed, this article might prove helpful as you design your plan for response.

NASW members click here, to read the "Legal Issue of the Month" article.
Save the Dates to Earn 20+ CEUs!
NASW-NJ Annual Conference

Sunday - Tuesday
April 29 - May 1, 2018

Mark your calendar now to be at the beautiful Borgata Hotel with 1,000 other social workers!

In addition to our 60+ workshops, we will be also be offering:
- an ethics pre-conference session with Dr. Allan Barsky, the Chair of the Task Force that wrote the latest revisions to the NASW Code of Ethics.
- a Monday keynote session from Dr. Mauricio Cifuentes on Working with Immigrants at Risk for Deportation
- a Tuesday keynote session from Dr. Gregory Perkins on Ethics and Trauma

Registration will open in December, make sure to register early to get in to the workshops that you want!
Opioid Epidemic Fueling Social Worker Shortage

The nation's opioid crisis has caused a shortage of social workers as more are needed in child welfare and drug addiction treatment. To learn more about this issue, read this NASW News article.
Test Prep Courses - App Now Included!
LSWGuide *NEW!* This course includes your own copy of the Revised ASWB Masters Exam Guide (written by Dawn Apgar, printed by Springer Publishing) AND a personal code to download the app version of the book and its supplemental materials.
LCSW- Clinical Test Prep
December 8 - Register
February 9 - Register

LSW Test Prep
December 16 - Register
January 6- Register
Private Practice Shared Interest Group (PPSIG) Meetings   

If you are in Private Practice or are interested in Private Practice related issues and would like to be added to one of the 10 locally-based PPSIGs, send an email to Christina Mina at with the name of the group you would like to join.

Click on the PPSIG names for information & to register:
December 1 - Middlesex (meets in North Brunswick)  
December 5 - Bergen (meets in Teaneck)
December 11 - Mercer/Burlington (meets in Lawrenceville)   
December 11 - North/Central (Holiday Party in Somerville) 

For a full list of PPSIGs, click here.

Did you know that there is no limit to the number of online CEUs you can take for your NJ license?

Choose from over 150 courses available on the
Social Work Online CE Institute.

The New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers is a diverse membership organization that promotes, develops, and strengthens the professional practice of social work and social workers.
Through advocacy and public policy,
NASW-NJ affects progressive social change and social justice for
individuals, families, and communities.
Please consider joining today!
For more about NASW, click here.             To join NASW, click here.